Suzanne Bravery is a cultural heritage professional with 30 years’ experience in curatorial and managerial positions in mainly house museums, focusing on enabling best practice access to cultural heritage through interpretation including public programs and exhibitions, teaching and training, research, heritage conservation and conservation housekeeping, collections development and management. Suzanne’s qualifications include a Diploma in Museum Studies, Diploma in Education and Master of Arts and she is an occasional lecturer in curatorial studies. She has attended several Attingham courses on historic houses and their collections in the UK. From 1986-2008 her curatorial responsibility was for key properties of significance in the (now) Sydney Living Museums portfolio including Vaucluse House, Meroogal, Elizabeth Farm and Rouse Hill house and farm. Since then she has worked in a range of museums including the Grainger Museum, a university museum of international significance, at state level in an advocacy and support role for museums and galleries in a not for profit organisation, at a regional level with local council; and as Honorary Treasurer, an elected member of the management committee of Museums Australia National Council. Suzanne is the Principal in a small consultancy ‘making museums matter’ which aims to do just that.
Suzanne has specialist skills in project management in the conservation and interpretation of house museums and seeks to enable sustainable cultural heritage by empowering its custodians in best practice. Her expertise includes strategic planning, project management, enabling access to cultural heritage through diverse, relevant and engaging interpretation, conservation housekeeping, collections development and management and leading diverse teams. She has been a member of ICOMOS Australia since 1995.