Museum and Heritage Studies

Find out where Museum and Heritage Studies has led to from some of our graduates who are working in the field.

Loren - MMHP graduate

Loren's two practicums, combined with the amazing people who took her under their wings, led her to a job as a Project Registrar in the Museum sector.

Kelsey - Education Coordinator

Kelsey found that her passion lied in arts access, and she enjoyed exploring ways that the GLAM sector can engage people from various backgrounds

Tiffany - Cataloguer

Tiffany's experience cataloguing female cricket player collections onto eHive led to a job as a Museum Cataloguer for Project Ark, Murihiku Museums.

Phillis - MMHP Graduate

An international student and a non-native English speaker, Phillis received lots of help from the MMHP's teachers, classmates & her colleagues at HNZ and MCH

Erin - Educator

Erin is embarking on a career of enriching people’s lives and experiences with arts, culture and heritage outside of the museum walls.

Riah - 'Emerging Professionals' NZ Rep Museums Aotearoa

Riah enjoyed being able to apply what she was learning academically to the work she did in a range of practicums.

Matariki - Curator Mātauranga Māori

Matariki appreciated the support she received from the Programme as a studying parent. She is the inaugural Kaihautū Māori for the National Digital Forum.

Chontelle - Collection Technician

Chontelle thought museums were just about hanging out with old stuff. She now, after completing her PGDip, understands the roles museums play in society.

Nina - Co-founder TUSK

Since graduating Nina has co-founded the website Tusk-Emergent Culture - a platform for people entering the sector to write about the sector in their own voice.

Mark - Kaitiaki Māori

Meet Mark, a Victoria University of Wellington MMHP graduate, who holds the position Kaitiaki Māori at Te Papa Tongarewa.

Jessica - Curator of Collections

Jess decided to focus on collection management and built heritage orientated placements and is now a Curator of Collections at the New Zealand Police Museum

Brenden - Collections

Discover how Brenden’s qualification led him to become a collection technician at the National Army Museum.

Vera - Independent Curator

Find out how Vera took her Masters in Museum and Heritage Studies to the world.

Jordan - Native American Community Arts

Find out why Jordan decided to complement her work as an artist with a MMHP in Museum and Heritage Studies.

Casimar - Exhibitions Registrar

Casimar is the City Gallery's Exhibitions Registrar, having previously been the Curator of Collections at the NZ Police Museum.

Naiomi - Gallery Programme Manager

Naiomi has found that the Masters in Museum and Heritage Studies has been invaluable practically and theoretically. Read about her successes.

Sarah - Copyright Advisor

Sarah chose Museum and Heritage Studies as it offered both the theoretical and practical aspects of working in the museum sector.

Martha - Digital Publishing Editor

Martha gained practical experience from her Graduate Diploma in the Museum and Heritage Studies programme. This opened many new doors.

Imelda - Team Manager - Memorials & Taonga

Imelda, who completed her MMHS in 2005, is now a Team Manager at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage Manatū Taonga.

Imogen - Programme Developer Te Manawa

For Imogen, the Museum and Heritage Studies course provided a good balance between theory and practice.

Bridget - Artist and Independent Curator

Museum and Heritage Studies programme teaching staff ensured Bridget had suitable placements, which helped launch her career in the sector.

Arawhetu - Community Curator

Everything I’ve done previously finally adds up, and the pebbles I’ve collected along the way are are shining stones strung with white muka.

Elspeth - Exhibitions Curator

Elspeth's placements and some incredible learning experiences during her MMHS landed her a job straight away and led to her having many different opportunities

Jaqui - Exhibitions Curator

Jaqui is currently an Exhibitions Curator at the New Zealand Maritime Museum in Auckland. Find out how her Masters study helped her when she started out.

Bruce - Independent Curator

One of the deciding factors in choosing the Museum and Heritage Studies programme was the work placements that make up a large part of the Master's programme.

Mishelle - Pasifika Archivist

Mishelle completed the Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies, which led to a new career as an archivist at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.

Louisa - Archives Technician

Louisa feels she has the best of both worlds – collections care, research and exhibition writing – and the opportunity to undertake further academic research.

Max - Visitor Programmes

Max found the contacts he made and skills he gained, while completing his PGDip in MHST, were more than enough to quickly secure a position in the sector.

Iain - Policy Advisor Built Heritage

Iain is now working in the area of protecting built heritage in New Zealand which was the reason he undertook Museum and Heritage Studies.

Karen - Manager Heritage

Karen has had a varied career in the Heritage Sector and now is in a management role at Heritage New Zealand.

Blyss - Heritage Advisor

Having worked in the sector for over ten years Blyss gives back to the MHST Programme by supervising students on placement.

Paulette - Heritage Assets Manager

Paulette used her practical experience from Museum and Heritage studies to progress to the role of Executive Officer, Australian Convict Sites.

Marguerite - Heritage Researcher

Read about Marguerite Hill's career path - from Te Ara researcher to curator of Human History to heritage researcher at Auckland City Council.

Tracey - Heritage Assistant

Practical experience as project manager for the MHST student exhibition “Cuba Character” helped Tracey secure her current position.

Simon - Heritage

Simon's Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies allowed him to chase unique career paths and line up fantastic industry contacts.

Georgie - Vernon Training consultant

Georgie chose the Museum and Heritage Studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington because of its practical focus. It led to many great placements.

Gareth - Digital Production Editor

The Museum and Heritage Studies programme provided Gareth with a great platform from which to embark on a career in the cultural sector.

Geraldine - Heritage Researcher

Geraldine’s historical research helped turn a complex of heritage buildings in Myanmar, into a five-star hotel.

David - Project Ark

David transitioned from law into the museum and gallery sector. The Museum and Heritage qualification made that possible.

Emma - Registrar

Emma's career prospects are all the richer for the combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

Anne - Gallery Registrar

Anne went to Wellington especially to complete the Master of Museum and Heritage Studies, and she is very glad she did.

Claire - Research Communicator

Claire's Master of Museum and Heritage Studies pushed her along her career path, increasing her confidence and raising her potential all the while.

Paula - Curator Collections

Investigate how Paula's Masters study has propelled her to the role of Curator Collections, Whakatane District Museum and Gallery.

Lorie - Heritage - Maine, USA

Lorie entered the Museum and Heritage Studies Program in 2007 with the aim of understanding more about Heritage sector and New Zealand culture.

Georgia Morgan

After Georgia completed a Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies she was equipped with the skills needed in the professional world.

Emily Murray

The large practical component of Museum and Heritage studies attracted Emily to New Zealand. Read how it drove her career forward.