Museum's teaching program wins international prize

21 September 2023
Thousands of students incorporate museum objects into their study
The University of Sydney's Chau Chak Wing Museum has won the 2023 University Museums and Collections Prize for its object-based learning (OBL) program.

UMAC (University Museums and Collections) is the International Committee of ICOM (International Council of Museums), the global organisation of museum professions working in higher education. Its annual competition is judged by an international group of experienced museum professionals.

The prize seeks to reward recent outstanding contributions “through all areas of museum and collections theory and practice”, particularly those with interdisciplinary approaches and a potential for wide application.

OBL was established at the Chau Chak Wing Museum, a free public museum, soon after it opened in 2020. The program encourages students to explore problems, concepts, events and ideas of the past, present and future by engaging with museum objects.  

More than 16,000 students from all faculties – including fine arts, anatomy and business students – took part in the program last year. Museum objects used in the program are wide-ranging and have included an ancient mortar excavated from Pella, Jordan (Pharmacy students), 19th century photographs from France (French Studies) and a 150-year old helmet made from a pufferfish (Commerce). 

Jocelyn Prasad

Media and Public Relations Advisor

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