Dr Adele Chynoweth FHEA OAM
Until recently, Dr Adele Chynoweth lectured at the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies at the Australian National University. Adele was a secondary school teacher before training as a theatre director and completing her PhD in contemporary Australian drama. She was employed as part of a theatre team to create the Memory Museum for the Centenary of Federation celebrations in South Australia. For this project, Adele worked with marginalised groups to collect objects and document recollections of war. She brought this method of community engagement to her subsequent role as curator of the National Museum of Australia’s touring exhibition Inside: Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions. She has also undertaken international museum consultancy work and is a member of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums. She is the co-editor of Museums and Social Change: Challenging the Unhelpful Museum (2020), part of the Routledge Museum Meanings series and author of Goodna Girls: a History of Children in a Queensland Mental Asylum (2020). Adele is the recipient of the 2018 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Public Policy and Outreach. In 2020, she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to public history and admitted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).