Megan Treharne is a curator and cultural heritage specialist with almost twenty years experience in Australian galleries and museums. She has extensive and wide-ranging expertise in Australian art and social history, with a unique specialisation in maritime heritage and a burgeoning interest in collection digitisation and cultural interactivity.
After a long and necessarily peripatetic career with the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) (1994-2011), Megan has developed a unique understanding of the many local, regional and national maritime objects, collections and historic vessels housed around the country, based on their social, historical and technological contexts, as well as the overarching narratives underpinning Australia's national maritime identity.
As a curator Megan has extensive experience in the principles and practice of collection management, including collection and object research, significance assessment, acquisition processes, preservation/conservation plans and a wide array of interpretation strategies, both digital and display. This has included several large and complex donations made under the Australia Federal Government's Cultural Gifts Program, most notably, the acquisition, conservation, installation and interpretation of the extensive Kay Cottee Collection installed on board the yacht Blackmore's First Lady in the ANMM's permanent galleries in 2001.
Megan has been involved in the planning, development, interpretation and installation of a wide array of permanent, temporary and travelling exhibitions for the ANMM, S.H. Ervin Gallery (National Trust New South Wales), and the UTS Gallery (University of Technology Sydney), including the ANMM's award-winning travelling exhibition The River: Life on the Murray-Darling (2006-2008), and the recent (2011-2012) refurbishment of the ANMM's Wharf 7 display space.
Over many years Megan has developed extensive networking skills with Australia's maritime community, including a wide variety of maritime stakeholders comprising both professional and volunteer experts from museums, heritage groups, government organisations, private businesses, sporting clubs and the general public. These contacts continue to grow with her ongoing private consultancy work in significance assessment, historical research and exhibition curation.
Megan has a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Arts Administration from the Sydney College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.
Growing up on the shores of Sydney Harbour in her family's historic boatshed (Treharne's Manly Boatshed), Megan has also developed a unique set of practical maritime skills, a passion for sailing, and lifelong love of the sea.
Megan was a lead curator on the Australian National Maritime Museum's permanent 'Watermarks' gallery. Note the bow of Kay Cottee's First Lady at top left. Image courtesy of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG) Architects, Sydney.