Melanie Pitkin is Senior Curator of the Nicholson collection of antiquities at the Chau Chak Wing Museum. She has more than 15 years of experience working in museums in Australia and the UK, and providing support to colleagues at museums in Egypt.
Melanie holds a PhD in Egyptology from Macquarie University, a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Sydney, and an honours degree in ancient history, also from Macquarie University.
Prior to joining the Museum in February 2022, Melanie worked as a Research Associate (Egyptian Antiquities) at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, playing a key role in the Museum’s cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research into its ancient Egyptian coffins. Prior to this she worked for more than a decade at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney.
Melanie has supervised several student internships for the University of Sydney’s Museum and Heritage Studies programme.