Lindy Allen

Senior Curator for Northern Australian Collections

Lindy Allen
Lindy Allen
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Lindy Allen has been a curator (anthropology) at Museum Victoria since 1989, and since 1995 has been Senior Curator, Northern Australian Aboriginal Collections. Prior to joining MV, Lindy worked for eleven years at the Anthropology Museum at the University of Queensland. Currently she is manager of MV’s Indigenous Repatriation Program.

Australian born, Lindy’s extensive work in the museum sector has been broadly focused across Australia, and she has fostered relationships with Indigenous communities through extensive fieldwork.

Lindy initiated a focused cross-cultural research program on Indigenous collections, and established a broader dialogue within curatorial practice engaging with institutional history, representation, collecting and anthropology. She was Partner Investigator and Chief Investigator on Australian Research Council funded projects—currently PI on ‘The Legacy of 50 Years of Collecting at Milingimbi Mission’ in collaboration with ANU and Milingimbi (2013-2016).

Lindy has published broadly and her research interests include material culture, art and history, the representation of Indigenous people in museums, museum collections and collecting. She co-edited volumes on Indigenous collections—The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections, with Professor Nicholas Peterson and Dr Louise Hamby at the ANU (Melbourne University Publishing 2008); and The Photographs of Baldwin Spencer, with Dr Philip Batty and Dr John Morton. She has contributed volumes on heritage—Unpacking the Collection (One World Archaeology, Springer 2010), and two are forthcoming in 2014 with Routledge and Ashgate Publishing.

Lindy has curated over 30 major exhibitions including Ancestral Power and the Aesthetic: Arnhem Land Bark Paintings and Painted Objects from the Donald Thomson Collection that opened at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne in 2009 and was toured nationally in Australia (2010-2013) by MV. 

Last updated 9 October 2013