Some practical steps to truth-telling in museums

Calls for First Nations truth-telling are growing louder in Australian politics. What does that look like within the museum sector?
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As ideas around decolonising our views of the past gain greater prominence, museums’ role as bastions of these histories are coming under scrutiny.

In previous generations audiences may have looked to museums more as monoliths of information, but in contemporary contexts, this authoritative role is somewhat in flux.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).