Dr Vanessa Russ: The Berndt Museum
With just over a week to go until the start of IBECC16, we're extremely excited to hear from Dr Vanessa Russ, Associate Director of the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia.
“Our business is to preserve, care for, acquire and display objects to tell stories of Aboriginal people," she comments, "and our business is about getting those stories out.”
The late anthropologists Catherine and Ronald Berndt established the Berndt Museum almost forty years ago. It holds one of the most significant collections of Australian Indigenous cultural materials, especially from Western Australian, South Australia and Northern Territory locations.
The Museum aims to ethically conserve, protect, contextualise and promote Australian Aboriginal Cultural Material (Paintings, Artefacts, Archives, Photographs and Audio-Visual recordings) by way of exhibition, research, teaching, publication and community engagement.
The Berndt Museum will be available for IBECC16 delegates to visit during the conference (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) and more information can be found here.