A significance study of the University of Canberra's geological collection

Andrew Simpson, Hakim Abdul Rahim

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The process of applying a collection level significance assessment to the entire geological collection at the University of Canberra reveals an interesting and unique collection that reflects past academic endeavours at the former pre-university institution focused on the production of industry ready graduates to feed historic economic booms in Australian mineral exploration. The collection is ungoverned, lacks relevance to contemporary university activity and is at risk. Significance study illuminates characteristics of the collection that could be developed to be of value to the university. We argue that all legacy collections in higher education could benefit from this standard museological process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-45
Number of pages11
JournalUniversity Museums and Collections Journal
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2018


  • Significance assessment
  • University collections
  • Geology collections
  • Collection governance
  • University of Canberra

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