DR Heather Gaunt

DR Heather Gaunt


  • 2016 (ageing and museums)
  • 2102 (museum education)
  • 210204 (museum curation)
  • 2103 (library history)



  • I have extensive expertise and experience in museum practice, including curatorship, collection management, public access including technological access, and academic program development. I have published 16 papers in the areas of art museum practice and Australian cultural history, have two forthcoming international book chapters, and presented extensively at conferences in Australia and internationally.

    My current role at the Grainger Museum, The University of Melbourne involves curating exhibitions and managing the Grainger collections. I also facilitate and contribute to collaborative research projects (UoM students and staff) focused on the Grainger Museum Collection, facilitate and co-teach undergraduate and graduate engagements at the Museum in different disciplines, and undertake research on object-based learning opportunities at the Museum.

    I have a particular research interest in medical humanities within museums and tertiary teaching contexts.   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Recent research grants and projects include: Co-researcher, Melbourne Engagement Grant Project 2018, 'Targeting graduate attributes in shared professional skills for Health, Technology and Arts students in an innovative peer-to-peer learning program at the Grainger Museum', with Dr Kwang Cham, Optometry. Leader, Melbourne Engagement Grant Project 2017 ‘Music Making Memories’, Grainger Museum, Music Therapy, Medicine Team Member for Ageing Research Initiative Seed Funding Grant 2016, ‘The role of cultural institutions in facilitating an age-integrated society with a focus on older cohorts in the context of global ageing populations’ Advisory Team Member on Australian Office of Learning and Teaching Seed Grant 2016, “The power of things: enhancing employability in higher education through object-based learning – to promote the use of Flinders University’s art collections in teaching, learning and research across multiple disciplines (in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and TAFE SA).”   


Education and training

  • GCUT, University of Melbourne 2014
  • PhD, University of Tasmania 2010
  • Post Grad Dip, University of Melbourne 1992
  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne 1991
  • BMus, University of Melbourne 1990

Awards and honors

  • Bronwyn Jane Adams Memorial Award, University of Melbourne, 2012



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am interested in supervising or co-supervising students in the area of museum education, and medical humanities using the visual arts.