Research Symposium: Provenance

Thursday 23 July 2015, 9am-1pm Powerhouse Museum

This symposium brings together museum professionals with an interest in contemporary issues around provenance research and due diligence.

Recent international developments and the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan legislation have resulted in rigorous new guidelines for the museum sector. Major new initiatives to implement these changes will be discussed.

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9.00am Registration
9.15am Welcome Rose Hiscock, Director MAAS
9.20am Introduction Dolla Merrillees, Director, Curatorial, Collections & Exhibitions, MAAS
9.30am Keynote: The Provenance Dilemma: Museums + Collections + Culture + Today Dr Gerard Vaughan, Director, National Gallery of Australia
10.10am Due Diligence: the International Legal Context Professor Lyndel Prott, International Heritage Law expert
10.30am Provenance Research and the Display of Art Stolen During WWII Dr Jacqui Strecker, Head of Curatorial, MAAS
10.40am National Initiatives for Collecting Institutions: Best Practice Guide to Collecting Cultural Material and Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme Simon Kelly, Director, Collections Access Section, Ministry for the Arts, Attorney-General’s Department
10.50am Questions and discussion
11.00am Morning Tea
11.45am Due Diligence for Inward and Outward Loans: Some Practical Considerations Sara Kelly, Head of Registration, National Museum of Australia
12pm The Role of Provenance in the University of Sydney Repatriation Project Matt Poll, Assistant Curator, Macleay Museums Indigenous Heritage Collections
12.15pm The Cup, the Painting, the Acid: a Tale Concerning Due Diligence Katrina Hogan, Registrar, MAAS
12.30pm Panel discussion Judy Coombes, Head of Strategic Collections, MAAS
1.00pm Finish



Dr Gerard Vaughan, keynote speaker, will provide an overview of the National Gallery of Australia’s new approaches to provenance research.

Professor Lyndel Prott, who has worked extensively with UNESCO, will speak on international conventions and legislation relevant to Australia.

Dr Jacqui Strecker will talk about the display of art looted during World War II.

A panel discussion led by Judith Coombes will offer practical information and advice about the new guidelines in relation to international loans, acquisitions and exhibitions, with presentations from registrars and curators from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and the National Museum of Australia.

The second in the MAAS Professional Series, this symposium aims to foster an open and creative dialogue between museum professionals, providing the opportunity to network, share information and develop a collaborative approach to addressing important issues facing the museum sector.

For enquiries, please contact Sharon Dickson, +61 (02) 9217 0192 or

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Berlin Street Scene, 1913, oil on canvas, Neue Galerie, New York © Erich Lessing
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner,
Berlin Street Scene, 1913, oil on canvas, Neue Galerie, New York © Erich Lessing