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Rachael Coghlan

PhD Candidate
Australian National University
Participates in 2 items
Rachael Coghlan is the CEO of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre. For nearly 20 years, Rachael Coghlan has worked in leadership positions in national cultural institutions in Australia’s museum sector, shaping the full continuum of visitor engagement from audience development, exhibitions and events, to digital and external communications. Rachael is passionate about how museums can continue to develop and was recently curator and executive producer for an experimental exhibition, Power of 1: Does your voice count? at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. This project trialled new approaches to audience engagement, applying ideas and practice proposed by Nina Simon’s influential book The Participatory Museum (2010). The Power of 1 exhibition is now the subject of a research case study which examines whether the rhetoric of museum participation is meeting its aims. Interviews with visitors reveal perceptions of the participatory exhibition experience as well as reflections on the state of Australian democracy. This data is complemented by longitudinal visitor research, observations, and interviews with museum professionals. Rachael is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Museum and Heritage Studies at the Australian National University. Her research interests and methodology explore opportunities to democratise the museum experience using an interpretivist research lens which genuinely recognises the agency of the visitor.

Sessions in which Rachael Coghlan participates

Sunday 5 June, 2016

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Tuesday 7 June, 2016

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Sessions in which Rachael Coghlan attends

Friday 3 June, 2016

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17:00 - 19:30 | 2 hours 30 minutes
Festive Event

Saturday 4 June, 2016

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9:00 - 10:00 | 1 hour
Public event
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What if we changed our views on heritage? And if heritage has already changed? While, on the global scene, states maintain their leading role in the mobilization of social and territorial histories, on the local scale, regions, neighbourhoods and parishes have changed. Citizens and communities too: they latch on to heritage to express an unprecedented range of belongings that no law seems to be able to take measures to contain, often to the discontent of...

18:30 - 20:00 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Public event
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Most of what we experience as heritage emerges into conscious recognition through a complex mixture of political and ideological filters, including nationalism.  In these processes, through a variety of devices (museums, scholarly research, consumer reproduction, etc.), dualistic classifications articulate a powerful hierarchy of value and significance.  In particular, the tangible-intangible pair, given legitimacy by such international bodies as UNESCO, reproduces a selective ordering of cul...