Dr Jilda Andrews

PhD, GradDip (Digital Media), BA (MediaComm)(Hons1)
Research Fellow, The Australian National University/National Museum of Australia
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Critical Heritage, Museum And Archive Studies 430202
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Artefacts 450102
  • Heritage Collections And Interpretations 430206

Research interests

My major area of research expertise is in ethnographic collections in museums from Australian origins, the exhibition and display of ethnographic collections in museum contexts and ongoing relationships of exchange with Indigenous source communities including repatriation.

I also have experience in working with the exhibition and display of environmental history in Australian contexts and its intercultural dimensions.

The research facilities and techniques I use include public exhibition and display, autoethnography, applications of Indigenous philosophical concepts such as relationality, ecological thinking, cyclical time and cultural burning in practical applications in contemporary museum practice.  


Dr Jilda Andrews is a Yuwaalaraay woman, cultural practitioner and researcher based in Canberra. Jilda draws from her heritage to investigate the connectedness of land, story and culture to objects in museum collections. Her focus on material culture and their associated stories continue to push the definition of custodianship, from one which is focused on the preservation of objects, to one which strives to maintain connections between objects and the systems which produce them. 


Projects and Grants

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