A/PROF Alison Inglis

A/PROF Alison Inglis


  • Materials and Techniques of Art (History of Conservation)
  • Museum Studies and Curatorship (art museums, collecting, display)
  • Nineteenth Century British Art and Design (Victorian Art)



  • Biography Alison Inglis is a graduate of the Art History Department of the University of Melbourne. Alison has co-ordinated the MA Art Curatorship programme since 1995, and teaches subjects on Nineteenth-century Europe; Art, Markets and Materials; and museum studies (in particular issues in art museum management and art conservation). She researches and publishes in the area of nineteenth-century British art and museum studies. Her experience in the field of curatorial studies is reflected in her current membership of several museum boards (see below) and her appointment as an Emeritus Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria. Alison's current research projects include: British and Colonial portraits in the National Gallery of Victoria; Australian art exhibitions 1968-2009; Scottish art in Australia; art and philanthropy in Australia; the circulation of art within the British Empire. Alison has held the following administrative positions in the University of Melbourne: Discipline Head of Art History (2008-09); Deputy Head, School of Culture and Communication (2007); Associate Dean, Development, Faculty of Arts (2005-07). Membership of cultural, educational and public boards and committees: 2010 - Member of Charles Darwin University Art Advisory Board 2010-2011 - Member of the Copland Foundation Scholarship Sub-Committee 2006 - Member of Board of Directors, Heide Museum of Modern Art 2005 - Member of Committee of Management, The Duldig Studio 1998 - Member of Donald Thomson Collection Committee, Museum Victoria/Uni of Melb 1995-2004 - Council of Trustees, National Gallery of Victoria 1995-2003 - Board of Management, Trinity College, Melbourne Membership of School, Faculty and University Committees 2013 - Member of Australian Centre Board 2012 - Member of the University’s Indigenous Cultural Collections Advisory Group 2011 - Member of University’s Works of Art Advisory Group 2008 - Member of the University Archives Advisory Board Membership of Editorial   


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2013-14 - ARC Centre for the History of Emotions, Associate Investigator; Project: The Celebration of Grief: the case of Lady Franklin and mourning practices in colonial Australia. (A. Johnson, S. Lowish, F. Harley-McGowan, A. Hesson). 2010-2011 - FUSE grant from Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to ACMI, with University of Melbourne a Consortium Partner, Public Art Revolutions: an online and mobile devise and educational program, titled 15 Second Place. (S. Cousins, B. McLennan, W. Haslem, A. Inglis). 2010 - University of Melbourne Knowledge Partnership Staff Project Grant, 2010 (with P. Caulfield, and the Clare Hotel as industry partner). 2010 - University of Melbourne Cultural and Community Relations Advisory Group grant, to assist cost of keynote for the Museums Australia National Conference held at University of Melbourne. 2008 - Visiting Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. Project: The promotion and circulation of British Art through the British Empire 1850-1950.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2000
  • BA, University of Melbourne 1980

Awards and honors

  • Emeritus Trustee, National Gallery of Victoria, 2010



Available for supervision

  • N