As Senior Curator of the Macleay Collections, Jude Philp is interested in stimulating research into the collections and increasing the purposefulness of museum holdings through exhibition, research and events.
Jude's current research is in the world of 'British New Guinea' and the 19th-century practice of natural history for museums.
ARC Linkage Project LP160101761 (2018-2021)
Project team: Jude Philp (Macleay Collections), Simon Ville (University of Wollongong), Deirdre Coleman (University of Melbourne), Elizabeth Carter (University of Sydney), Vanessa Finney (Australian Museum), Robin Torrence (Australian Museum), Annie Clarke (University of Sydney), Joshua Bell (Smithsonian Institution).
This project investigates and reconstructs the trade routes and exchange methods of natural history trading in the 19th century, which involved a diversity of trade and exchange mechanisms.
ARC Discovery Project DP150103518 (2015–2019)
Project team: Annie Clarke (University of Sydney), Jude Philp (Macleay Museum), Robin Torrence (Australian Museum), Chantal Knowles (Queensland Museum)
Sensing the impacts of colonisation, the first Administrator of British New Guinea William MacGregor made a significant collection of objects specifically for its future citizens. This comprehensive legacy of 13,000 objects did not remain in the country but was dispersed to three Australian and six overseas museums. Our aim is to re-assemble and re-connect this material by 'excavating' its private and official components. This research aims to focus on the makers and traders to disentangle the social relationships embedded in the objects. Using material-centred, assemblage-based archaeological approaches, we aim to investigate how indigenous groups used objects to negotiate with the new colonial government.
The publication of Alfred Cort Haddon's journals from his expeditions to the Torres Strait and New Guinea (1888–9 and 1898–9)
Project team: Anita Herle, (Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Cambridge), Jude Philp (Macleay Collections, University of Sydney) with support from Monash Indigenous Studies Centre, Torres Strait Regional Authority and AIATSIS, to be published through Sydney University Press.
Haddon's journals were written partly as a series of letters to his wife Fanny in England, and partly as an aid for his memory of his days in the region. This book links the text to the objects, sound recordings and photographic resources produced from this work. Haddon was a marine biologist who 'converted' to anthropology following his fieldwork in the Torres Strait. The journals which incorporate his work with Islanders and Papuans have never before been published.
ARC Linkage LP110200041 (2011–2014)
Led by Professor Iain McCalman with Dr Stephanie Anderson, Dr Jude Philp, Dr Nigel Erskine, Mr Michael Crayford and Dr Michael Davis (APDI). This project is a partnership between the University of Sydney, Australian National Maritime Museum, the Queensland Museum and the Silentworld Foundation.
Using new cross-disciplinary approaches and methods, this collaboration between university scholars, museum curators and a philanthropic foundation will study the impact of maritime and marine environmental and cultural change on the peoples and habitats of the Great Barrier Reef and the Torres Strait from the eighteenth century to the present.
ARC Discovery DP110104578 (2011–2014)
Led by Drs Chris Ballard, Jude Philp and Elena Govor. A partnership with Australian National University.
This project restores the 19th century Russian anthropologist Nikolai Miklouh-Maclay to a central position in the histories of anthropology and of the European exploration of Oceania. Interviews with the source communities among which he lived will be used to analyse his field drawings and journals, most never previously published in English.
ARC Linkage LP0669137 (2006–2009)
Led by Robin Torrence, Jude Philp and Annie Clarke. A partnership with Australian Museum. With PhD candidate Erna Lilje (Thesis: From Maker to Museum: Fibre skirts from Central Province, PNG)
Employing archaeological methods and assemblage analysis to ethnographic collections, the history of social relations between Papua New Guineans and 'outsiders' is examined. By unlocking information about the origin and history of ethnographic collections from Australia's oldest museum, their cultural significance will be shared more widely.