What is your specialty area?
Curators ‘specialities’ seem to grow by the year (!) but my background research is the Bronze-Age archaeology of Jordan and Syria, and I look after numismatics, antiquities, ceramics of Europe and the Mediterranean region (before 1700), and Australian ceramics. At the moment 20th century furniture is also part of my dilettante empire!
How long have you been working at the Museum?
Over twenty years and still loving it!
What is your favourite object in the collection?
I often ponder this and find it hard to prioritise one that is special in a specific area compared to other objects that are special in other areas! I love the Bugatti racer, but then again I really appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of the Japanese lacquered hair-comb collection, the finery of which contrasts to the historical significance of the Boulton & Watt engine or the rarity of the Hope Chairs . . . . perhaps I’ll add to this daily . . . ?!
What piece of research or exhibition are you most proud of in your career at the Museum?
The 1000 Years of the Olympic Games was an amazing exhibition with which to be involved. It was the premier cultural event of the Sydney Olympic Games and a real coup to have antiquities on loan from Greece. On a personal level it was a great thrill going to Greece and seeing the items – and then when they were here in Australia I could hardly believe that the Museum was host to so many iconic pieces that years before at university had only been pictures in books.