So you want my arts job: Interpretation and Content Development Officer

In her role of interpretation at the Museum of Australian Democracy, Alice McKenzie Ebbels deals with history rather than languages.

Many may be familiar with language interpretation, but in the museum context, there is also a role dedicated to the interpretation of historic material. As an Interpretation and Content Development Officer at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House in Canberra (Australia), it hasn’t always been easy for Alice McKenzie Ebbels to explain her profession.

One way is to think of interpretation as a method of understanding and recreating historically accurate sets, which means her role includes extensive research, community engagement, conducting interviews, hands-on vintage furniture hunting and more.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne and was most recently engaged in consultation for the Emerging Writers’ Festival and ArtsGen. Instagram @lleizy_