School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies

Museum and Heritage Studies

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Victoria University's Museum and Heritage Studies Programme produces graduates with the knowledge, skills and critical and creative thinking which are demanded in today's cultural sector. The Programme offers a range of flexible qualifications and courses which balance taught classes and work experience, academic research and professional skills. Students will acquire a broad grasp of this interdisciplinary field which combines history, theory and practice with opportunities for independent research and workplace projects.

MHST 512 students, Arawhetu Berdinner, Simon Dailey and Ryan Brown-Haysom, taking part in a preventive conservation workshop at Studio Carolina Izzo

The Programme is ideally situated in Wellington, and has strong relationships with national organisations such as Te Papa, the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, the Historic Places Trust, the Department of Conservation, Museums Aotearoa and Creative New Zealand as well as with many smaller regional museums, art galleries, archives and other heritage organisations. The Programme is staffed by two full time academics backed up by a group of highly qualified professionals drawn from the sector who have extensive input into the Programme.

NaplesThe Programme offers three specialist qualifications as well as an MA by thesis and PhD by thesis. The Graduate Certificate in Museum and Heritage Studies consists of two core courses, and it is the ideal introduction to the Museum and Heritage sector and a platform for further study. The Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies is a four-course diploma, comprising an introductory course, practicum, and a further 60 points. It provides a flexible qualification for working professionals or graduate students seeking a career in the field.

The Master of Museum and Heritage Studies is a postgraduate degree which requires four taught courses, two practicums and a dissertation based on original research. The unique combination of theoretical and applied study at an advanced level prepares graduates for a career in museums, art galleries and a range of cultural and natural heritage organisations in New Zealand. Taking advantage of Wellington' rich cultural resources, classes incorporate numerous field trips and input from senior staff of local organisations.

MHST 512 students and staff at a preventive conservation workshop in Carolina Izzo's studio

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Advisory Group

  • Arapata Hakiwai, Kaihautū, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Helen Kedgley, Director, Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures
  • Imelda Bargas, Senior Historian, Ministry for Culture and Heritage - Te Manatā Taonga
  • Robert McClean, Senior Policy Advisor, Historic Places Trust - Pouhere Taonga
  • Athol McCredie, Curator, Photography,  Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Dr Jane Legget,  Associate Director, Cultural Heritage & Tourism, AUT 
  • Dr David Butts, Manager, Heritage Operations, Ministry for Culture and Heritage - Te Manatā Taonga
  • Paul Mahoney, Department of Conservation - Te Papa Atawhai
  • Jude Chambers, Creative New Zealand

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Teaching Associates

  • Ken Gorbey, Museums consultant
  • Michael Kelly, Heritage consultant
  • Sean Mallon, Senior Curator, Pacific Cultures, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Athol McCredie, Curator, Photography, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 
  • Dr Gavin McLean, Senior Historian, Ministry for Culture and Heritage - Te Manatā Taonga
  • Eric Dorfman, Director, Whanganui Regional Museum
  • Awhina Tamarapa, Curator, Taonga Māori, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Phillipa Tocker, Executive Director, Museums Aotearoa  - Te Tari o Nga Whare Taonga o Te Motu
  • Craig Turvey, Designer, 3D creative
  • Ian Wedde, Freelance writer and curator
  • Carolina Izzo, Freelance conservator
  • Stephen Owen, Senior Research Advisor, Visitor & Market Research, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Dr David Butts, Manager, Heritage Operations, Ministry for Culture and Heritage - Te Manatā Taonga
  • Brett Mason, Director, Museums Wellington
  • Robert McClean, Senior Analyst, Ministry of Environment
  • Shannon Wellington, Lecturer - School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington 

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Honorary Research Associates

  • Dr Jane Legget, Associate Director, Cultural Heritage & Tourism, AUT
  • Dr Gavin McLean, Senior Historian, Ministry for Culture and Heritage - Te Manatā Taonga
  • Dr Sven Schroeder, Department of Conservation - Te Papa Atawhai