Judith Hickson

Judith Hickson joined the Queensland Museum in 2016 as a Curator of Social History in the Cultures and Histories Program. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern Queensland and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in anthropology from the Australian National University. From 2011 to 2015, Judith worked as an assistant curator and curator in the Australian social history, environment and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.  Her curatorial experience extends to research, development and curation of permanent and temporary exhibitions, website design and development, online collection development and the identification, acquisition and documentation of objects that have both national and international significance.

Judith sees museums as repositories of shared human history where every object, even those most ordinary and commonplace, has the potential to reveal astonishing, at times, unsettling, frequently wonderful stories. These underlying narratives challenge us to more deeply understand the complexity, interconnectedness and uniqueness of the social, environmental and cultural landscapes of our world and its peoples.  She believes that the task of museums, as centres of learning and understanding, is to disseminate this knowledge in ways that promote appreciation, tolerance, understanding and respect within and between communities.



  • 2015 - ‘Nicky Winmar: Black and Proud’, NMA Collections Magazine, September 2015
  • 2015 - 'Brian Robinson visits the Museum', Goree online, 7 May 2015
  • 2015 - 'Western Desert Dialysis comes to Canberra', Goree online, 9 April 2015
  • 2015 - 'Dialysis and bush medicine help combat kidney disease', Goree online, 4 March 2015
  • 2014 - 'The story behind an iconic image', Goree online, 5 November 2014
  • 2014 - 'Ngambri custodian Paul House welcomes PM and other dignitaries', Goree online, 17 October 2014
  • 2014 - 'Artist Paul Bong visits the Museum', Goree online, 27 August 2014
  • 2014 - 'Jandamarra prepares for final battle in new work', Goree online, 15 August 2014
  • 2014 - 'Installing the Warlpiri Drawings exhibition', Goree online, 8 August 2014
  • 2014 - ‘An old pair of skis? Not what you’d expect …’, People and the Environment blog, 10 January 2014
  • 2013 - 'Chinese skiers of Kiandra: object and identity', reCollections, Summer 2013
  • 2013 - 'Ken Ross cycling collection', NMA Collection Highlights
  • 2013 - ‘Taking it to the limit – the ‘extreme’ sport of six-day bicycle racing’, People and the Environment blog, November 2013
  • 2012 - 'The Mawson Proclamation', NMA Collection Stories, October 2012
  • 2012 - 'Bart's boat', Goree, April 2012, vol. 9 iss.1
  • 2012 - 'Chinese-Australian skiers at Kiandra', research presentation, CC&E Division Research, Fenner School, ANU, 13 March 2012


Exhibitions (NMA)


Curator of Social History, Cultures and Histories Program


B.A.(USQ); B.A. Hons. Anthropology (ANU)