Dr Michael Pickering

Honorary Associate Professor

B.A.(Hons) (La Trobe University)
Litt.B. (The Australian National University )
PhD (La Trobe University)

T 02 6208 5243

E michael.pickering@nma.gov.au


Michael Pickering is currently a Senior Curatorial with the National Museum of Australia


Following an Honours degree from La Trobe University, Michael Pickering worked for the Western Australian Aboriginal Sites Department for two years as an archaeologist. He then completed a Bachelor of Letters at ANU whilst working as a consultant archaeologist and anthropologist. He went on to work as an anthropologist for the Central Land Council and then the Northern Land Council. Dr Pickering was the Regional Officer for the Central Australian region of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority in the Northern Territory while completing his PhD at La Trobe University. He worked as a Research Officer on Native Title for Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and then as Head Curator for the Indigenous Cultures program of Museum Victoria. He moved to the National Museum of Australia as the Director of the Repatriation Program, later taking on the role of Head of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program. He then became a Senior research Fellow and subsequently Head of the Museum’s Research Centre.

Dr Pickering is a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). He has previously been a member of the Collections Council of Australia Expert panel on repatriation and has recently been a member of an ethics panel convened by the 9/11 memorial Museum in New York. Dr Pickering is on the editorial boards of the journals 'Museum Management and Curatorship' and ‘Museums and Social Issues’. He has twice received an Australian Public Service Australia Day Achievement medal.

Scholarly interests

Recent publications

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