The Museum collection is an important source of cultural heritage for many individuals and communities.
Community and visitor services
Scholarly academic researchers and students, native title, family history, researchers and other interested members of the public are welcome. We also provide information, loans and reproduction of photographic material for exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally.
Indigenous knowledge is embedded within the Australian Aboriginal cultural material collections of the Berndt Museum which is why Aboriginal communities connected with the Museum view it as a ‘living collection’, part of a living culture.
The Museum engages ethically with individuals and communities and is guided by management protocols in regard to the conservation, protection, contextualisation, promotion, research, teaching, publication and display of Aboriginal cultural material. We work with relevant communities throughout the exhibition process, from inception to research and planning, through to exhibition openings and public programming, mindful of intellectual and cultural sensitivities and the current circumstances and issues facing communities.
The Museum cooperates with and advocates for the voice and expert knowledge of the communities of origin in relation to their culture and cultural heritage.