Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Australian Museum appoints Laura McBride as Director First Nations

Australian Museum appoints Laura McBride as Director First Nations
March 8, 2021

The Australian Museum has announced today - on International Women’s Day 2021 - the appointment of Laura McBride as Director, First Nations, a new role for the Museum on its executive leadership team. The role encompasses First Nations’ collections, as well as leading First Nations (Australian Indigenous and Pacific) activity across all Australian Museum (AM) divisions including exhibitions, programming and science.

McBride is a Wailwan and Kooma woman who has grown up in culture under the guidance of Elders in north western NSW and Sydney. Prior to stepping into the Director, First Nations role, McBride was the First Nations Curator in the AM’s Exhibitions, Engagement and Cultural Connection division and previously also held the Creative Producer and Aboriginal Educator roles at the AM.

As Director, First Nations, McBride joins the AM’s executive leadership team, led by Director and Chief Executive Kim McKay (the first woman to hold the role in the AM’s 194-year history). The AM’s executive leadership team is made up of a majority of women executives.

McKay said that McBride has been at the forefront of the Museum’s mission to drive change and its vision to be a strong advocate for First Nations’ cultures.

McKay notes “Laura McBride is the first Indigenous appointment to the Museum’s executive leadership team. After a career of 11 years at the AM in a variety of roles, Laura has demonstrated her skill and commitment. A highly qualified museum professional, Laura knows this Museum inside and out and her deep knowledge of the Museum is a great asset in developing the path forward.”

Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt, a Eualayai/Gamillaroi woman and AM Trustee who was involved in the competitive recruitment process spoke to McBride’s passion for her work and the importance of this new position.

“Laura McBride’s appointment is significant for the Australian Museum and for First Nations people. This senior role will enable Laura to significantly progress the work she has been leading in redefining the relationship between First Nations people and collecting institutions. Laura brings energy, ambition and cultural grounding to the new role. It’s an exciting moment.”

McBride said she was looking forward to continuing her culturally informed advocacy for First Nations communities in the AM, particularly in regard to the AM respecting Indigenous self-determination processes.

McBride added “I am honoured to step into the role of Director of First Nations at the Australian Museum. This new position on the AM’s senior leadership team demonstrates that the Museum is committed to supporting First Nations voices and I am looking forward to helping lead best-practices for First Nations engagement and community involvement.

“My vision for the AM centres on prioritising and amplifying First Nations voices so that Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and Pacific communities represent themselves and their cultures within the Museum. I see myself as a facilitator of voices and I want First Nations communities to know we’re working for them.”

During her tenure at the AM, McBride has played a pivotal role in assisting the AM’s executive leadership team in planning and actioning the objective for the AM to move beyond its colonial past towards a more connected future with First Nations stakeholders and knowledge-holders.

McBride has built a team of committed First Nations people at the AM and has championed First Nations storytelling through developing the Garrigarrang: Sea Country gallery, the award-winning GADI exhibition, and most recently through the curation of the Unsettled exhibition, opening at the Museum in early May.

In this new role, McBride will continue to lead the First Nations strategic direction and operations, assist the AM in engaging effectively and respectfully with First Nations communities, as well as managing the Aboriginal and Pacific collections.

As Director, First Nations, McBride joins the AM’s executive leadership team, led by Director and Chief Executive Kim McKay (the first woman to hold the role in the AM’s 194-year history). The AM’s executive leadership team is made up of a majority of women executives.

Related Articles

26th November 2020 - The Australian Museum reopens to public with free admission following $57.5 million transformation

28th October 2020 - Transformed Australian Museum reopens to public on 28th November

16th July 2020 - Australian Museum and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney collaborate to create virtual Science Trail

15th April 2020 - Australian Museum curates virtual tours and exhibitions

29th August 2019 - Work to begin on Australian Museum expansion as NSW Government announces builder

17th May 2019 - Australian Museum secures three major awards 


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Sportybots

We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness

 
 

Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks

 
 

State Wide Pool Services

Known as Hydrilla since September 2020 - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/hydrilla-pty-ltd

read more

Aquatics

 
 

Tim Batt Water Solutions

Tim Batt Water Solutions are at the very forefront of the commercial aquatic business in Australia, with over 30 years specific experience supplying and installing chemical control and dosing…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Recreation / Technology / Venues

 
 

Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976, and has since grown into a leading company in the waterparks industry. Today Polin is one of the world leaders in the design, production, and installation of…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Smart Connection Consultancy

Smart Connection Consultancy is a boutique sport and recreation consultancy who has become one of Australia’s leading advocates for the use of synthetic sports surfaces as a vehicle to grow…

read more

Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces

 
 

Goplay Commercial Playground Equipment

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more

Play

 
 

Quayclean

Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Surfaces / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business