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The Australian National University
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Museum Studies, heritage, human rights, access to justice, public history, history of punitive welfarism, theatre and performance studies.
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About Me

I am a Lecturer at the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University.

I trained as a theatre director at the Flinders University Drama Centre and my PhD concerns contemporary Australian drama. My directing credits include State Theatre SA, Vitalstatistix – National Women’s Theatre, the 3rdInternational Women’s Playwrights Conference and the Adelaide College of the Arts. In 2016, I was commissioned by the Street Theatre to develop and direct a new work, Under Sedation: Canberra Verse Remixed.

I was employed as part of a team of theatre practitioners to create the Memory Museum for the official celebration of the Centenary of Federation in South Australia. I furthered my museum work, curating exhibitions for the National Museum of Australia and the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at the University of South Australia.

My current research interests include analysis of how museums:

– engage with vulnerable people

– represent narratives of trauma

– respond to Australian working and under class cultures.

I am a member of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums and have published articles and book chapters concerning social justice practice in museums and for survivors of Australia’s institutionalised ‘care’ system for children. I have also compiled a series of oral histories of a group of women, who as children, were incarcerated in Wolston Park Hospital, an adult psychiatric facility.

Adele is an international consultant for Welfare Stories: from the Edge of Society, a social history and justice project undertaken in Denmark, in collaboration between the Welfare Museum, Svendborg, the Prison Museum, Horsens, and the Centre for Welfare State Research, University of Southern Denmark.

Recent Publications

Chynoweth, A 2017, ‘Rocking the Boat: The Hay Gaol Museum and the Disruptive Narratives of Forgotten Australians’, in Jacqueline Z. Wilson; Sarah Hodgkinson; Justin Piche; Kevin Walby (ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism, Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom, pp. 295 – 318pp.

Chynoweth, A 2015, ‘Bread and roses: voices of Australian academics from the working class’, in Dee Michell; Jacqueline Z. Wilson and Verity Archer (ed.), Bread and Roses Voices of Australian Academics from the Working Class, Sense Publishers, Netherlands, pp. 1-185.

Chynoweth, A 2014, ‘Forgotten or Ignored Australians? The Case for an Inclusive Museum Practice in Australia’, in Paul Ashton and Jacqueline Z. Wilson (ed.), Silent system : forgotten Australians and the institutionalisation of women and children, Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, Melbourne, pp. 1-224.

Chynoweth, A 2014, ‘Women Crucified for the Sins of the Fathers: Censorship and the Crucifixion Motif in the Art of Rachael Romero’, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. pp.167-184.

Chynoweth, A 2014, ‘Forgotten or Ignored Australians? The Australian Museum Sector’s Marginalisation of Inside – Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions’, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, vol. 6, no. 2, pp.172-182.

Chynoweth, A 2014, ‘Your Rhonda is downstairs : the need for a whole of museum approach to survivors of trauma’, Museum Worlds: Advances in Research, vol. 02, pp. 152-155.

Chynoweth, A 2012, ‘Let our histories be visible’, reCollections: Journal of the National Museum of Australia, vol. 7, no. 1, p. 15.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
5, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Human Rights, Material Culture, Museums, Politics, Public History, Sexual Violence, Women