Nick Crotty

Collection Manager, Humanities

Nick Crotty
Nick Crotty
Image: Ben Healley
Source: Museum Victoria

Nick Crotty is Collection Manager at Scienceworks Museum. He has managed the Collection Store on site since 2007.


Nick originally studied Greek and Roman Archaeology and wanted to become an archaeologist, but after going on an archaeological survey in Port Lincoln, SA, he found that he was bored with the act of excavating, but not by the material he found. He decided that while he liked old things, he didn’t need to dig them up himself.

He studied Museum Studies at Deakin University and his first job was to relocate the Museum Victoria collections from the Swanston Street building to the new Melbourne Museum in 2000.

Nick has also worked at the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney, the Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

He started working at Museum Victoria again in 2005, initially in the EMu database team before becoming an Assistant Collection Manager for the History and Technology Department.

Current Activities

At Scienceworks, Nick manages one of the larger collection stores within the museum. He looks after the day-to-day running of the store as well as cataloguing the collection, retrieving material for curators and public access enquiries and assisting with exhibition or conservation projects.

He has been heavily involved in the preparation for the new Think Ahead exhibition at Scienceworks. He has been registering new acquisitions and enhancing object records for MV Collections Online.

Nick loves working at Scienceworks and the interesting collections and ways of interpreting them there. The best time of his career was during the exhibition Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, when he was allowed to help install and handle some of the props from the movies he loves.

Nick is a member of the Australasian Registrars Committee (ARC) and is a Collection Management consultant for the Australian Gay and Lesbian Archives (ALGA).

Last updated 21 October 2013