Twenty-two years of an iconic gallery: Reflecting on the HMS Pandora exhibition at Museum of Tropical Queensland

McAllister, Madeline, and Price, Sophie (2023) Twenty-two years of an iconic gallery: Reflecting on the HMS Pandora exhibition at Museum of Tropical Queensland. Australasian Journal of Maritime Archaeology, 47. pp. 1-16.

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Museum exhibitions are evolving spaces for storytelling, education, inspiring curiosity and creating wonder. In many cases, permanent or iconic galleries around a particular story or theme are maintained for decades. The Museum of Tropical Queensland is an excellent example, with the permanent, iconic gallery—HMS Pandora—remaining open to the public for 22 years. The popularity of this exhibition is well-known. Yet looking to the future, there are new opportunities to adapt, refresh and refine exhibitions such as HMS Pandora to maintain their relevance amongst progressive museum practices. This article aims to recap on the themes of the Pandora exhibition, how it has aged over 22 years and suggest some avenues for adaptation for the future of this iconic gallery.

Item ID: 82438
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2652-0516
Keywords: maritime archaeology; museums; curator; museology
Copyright Information: © Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2024 03:39
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4302 Heritage, archive and museum studies > 430202 Critical heritage, museum and archive studies @ 70%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430108 Maritime archaeology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 22 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 2203 Information services > 220304 Museum and gallery collections @ 10%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology @ 30%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1304 Heritage > 130402 Conserving collections and movable cultural heritage @ 60%
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