Workshop Invitation: Natural History Collections and Cultural Resurgence

Dear friends and colleagues,

the provenance research project “Berlin’s Australian Archive”, funded by the German Lost Art Foundation and conducted in collaboration with Humanities of Nature, examines collections and archives in the Berlin Museum of Natural History that were brought to Berlin during the Australian colonial period.
We are excited to be hosting a delegation from Melbourne (Museums Victoria) and Sydney (Australian Museum) during the week of 13-17 May for joint provenance work on the MfN’s Australian collections, as well as related collections at the Ethnological Museum and the Humboldt Forum.

You are cordially invited to take part in this exchange as part of a half-day workshop organised by Museums Victoria and Australian Museum’s First Nations staff together with Indigenous Elders Uncle Brendan Kennedy and Aunty Glenda Nicholls.

Workshop: Natural History Collections and Cultural Resurgence
Thursday, 16 May 2024, 3-6 p.m.
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin

Dr Mariko Smith (Manager First Nations Collections, Australian Museum; Yuin Nation)
“Indigenous-led Museum Practices at the Australian Museum”

Caine Muir (Back To Country Curator, First Peoples – Research and Collections Department, Museums Victoria; Yorta Yorta and Wati Wati Nations)

Uncle Brendan Kennedy (Yulendj committee – Museums Victoria; Tati Tati, Wadi Wadi and Mutti Mutti Nations)
Yarning Circle

Aunty Glenda Nicholls (Waddi Waddi, Ngarrindjeri and Yorta Yorta Nations)
Feather Flowers Making

Snacks and drinks will be provided towards the end of the event.

The workshop will be held in English and participation is limited to 30 people.
Please register by Tuesday, 14 May:
Venue details will be provided after registration.

Cite this blog post
fionamoehrle (2024, April 30). Workshop Invitation: Natural History Collections and Cultural Resurgence. Berlin's Australian Archive. Retrieved June 17, 2024, from

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