Julie Banks appointed Head of Strategic Collections

The University of Melbourne welcomes the appointment of Julie Banks as Head of Strategic Collections. This is a key role in the new Museum and Collections Department and integral to delivering the University of Melbourne’s Cultural Commons vision.

Julie joins the University from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) where she has been Acting Director Collections and Research. With more than 20 years experience in the museums and galleries sector, she has occupied strategic roles including major infrastructure and collections governance projects.

As Head of Collections and Major Projects at MAAS, Julie led the development and implementation of a large-scale project to digitise, document, and relocate the 338,000 items in the collection at the Powerhouse site to a new storage and collections management facility. She has also held key roles at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and National Gallery of Victoria.

The University of Melbourne’s cultural collection is one of Australia’s largest and most important encyclopaedic university collections and highlights more than 150 years of collecting. Of particular significance is the First Peoples’ Donald Thomson Collection, which was inscribed onto the Australian UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2007. In addition, the University’s other collections, include the Ian Potter Museum of Art and Buxton Contemporary collections, extensive Scholarly Special Collections including rare books, prints and rare music; as well as scientific collections including botanical, geological, paleontological, veterinary and zoological specimens.

Working alongside colleagues across the University, this new role will develop and deliver a vision, road map and strategic framework focused on access and global engagement.

Julie commences at the University of Melbourne on 23 March 2020.

Photograph of Julie Banks

Image: Julie Banks