David Ellis
Director, University Museums, The University of Sydney, Australia

Old collections, new opportunities:
Creating a new museum and cultural precinct for the University of Sydney

Most universities hold cultural and scientific collections - an accumulation built over time of items associated with teaching and research, or collected by donations and purchase. For many these collections are historically and culturally significant and embody the history of the institution.

University museums across the globe are at varying stages of development as many universities grapple with understanding and managing their cultural and scientific collections and what to do with them when their original purpose has changed.  Some are incorporated into established university museum collections, others remain as faculty held collections and in some cases struggle to maintain relevance in a rapidly changing tertiary education sector. For many their role is being re-evaluated as universities realize the potential of these collections for both teaching-focused object based learning as well as community engagement.

This paper will examine the development of the Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney bringing together the University’s cultural and scientific collections currently held across three public museums into a new purpose-built museum. The opportunities to enhance the collections role in teaching and public engagement is being re-evaluated and re-purposed to meet the needs of changing curricula and community expectations.

The paper will cover the circumstances that lead to the establishment of this new university museum and the strategies taken to realize it including development of the concept, business case, and fundraising. It will also reveal some of the challenges facing the project as we develop new exhibitions and new ways of using collections for teaching and engaging with new audiences.

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