St Joseph’s Nudgee College, an Australian Catholic school for boys, has been operating since 1891 with a philosophy based on the Edmund Rice tradition. Recently there has been increased interest in the history of the college and the decision was made to establish a permanent museum and archives which could be actively used by the school community. Tensions became immediately evident in regards to what would be displayed and documented given that the older section of the school community nostalgically viewed the College’s Irish Catholic and outback traditions. The current demographic of the College, however, is representative of a much broader mix of nationalities and cultural backgrounds. The curriculum plan of the college seeks to educate students through a student-centered curriculum that aims to develop critically aware and culturally sensitive world citizens by addressing political, philosophical, environmental and gender issues. The curator has endeavored to remain true to the traditions of the college whilst also creating exhibitions, site tours and classroom resources which interrogate contemporary issues using the established values of the college to create a spirit of inquiry. The purpose of this paper is to document the beginning stage of the journey that has been undertaken by the curator, in conjunction with the college community, to create a collection which aims to be inclusive, educative and relevant in a 21st century framework, whilst also respecting and acknowledging the college’s history.
|Keywords:||Museum, Boys’ Education, Collection, Curator, Curriculum, Identity|
Head, Information Services, Secondary Education, College Curator and Archivist, St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Senior Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy, University of Southern Queensland, Springfield, Queensland, Australia
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