International & National Scientific Committees Coordinator
International Day for Monuments and Sites Coordinator
Edwina Jans is a cultural heritage professional with 20 years experience in curatorial and interpretation, learning and research, heritage conservation, collections development and management.
Having trained as an archaeologist and worked in London on a Roman bathhouse site, Edwina completed a graduate diploma in museum studies at the University of Sydney in 1994. She has held positions in state and commonwealth heritage and cultural agencies where she continues to explore the ways heritage sites and objects tell stories about the things that matter.
She is particularly interested in the visitor experience and in promoting community access to and engagement with heritage sites. This commitment has included project managing Sydney Open 2000 – a large one day architecture-based out-reach public program which aims to increase access to and appreciation of Sydney’s architectural heritage for Sydney Living Museums to currently delivering public scaffold tours in a hard hat and high vis vest of the render conservation and paint upgrade project at Old Parliament House.
In 2002 Edwina was awarded a Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study international museum and gallery best-practice public access services for audiences with specific needs, in particular people with disabilities. She went on to work on increasing access to cultural heritage sites for people for disabilities through online content, programs, festivals, tours, publications and exhibitions.
Edwina is the Manager, Heritage and Collections at Old Parliament House, Canberra, one of the nation’s most iconic buildings, where she leads the conservation and communication of the national and commonwealth listed values of Old Parliament House and its significant collections. She also leads the Australian Prime Ministers Centre, a cross-disciplinary national centre for research and engagement around Australia’s prime ministers located at Old Parliament House.
Edwina has specialist skills in heritage and collections management involving heritage values, conservation management and heritage interpretation. Her expertise includes project management, strategic planning, heritage assessment and conservation, interpretation and access program development, collections development and management and leading multidisciplinary teams.