Community service

Margaret currently serves in the following voluntary roles:

2022-2024Co-curator, Eye Spy! Waking our secret agents, an exhibition for the Heidelberg Historical Society, open from 30 April to 26 November 2023 and extended from 4 February to 12 May 2024. The exhibition received a Commendation in the History Interpretation category of the 2023 Victorian Community History Awards.
2020-Finance Officer, History Council of Victoria Inc.
2020-Member, National Collection Advisory Panel of the National Heritage Board, Singapore
2020-Member, Museums and Heritage Advisory Group of the Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network
2017-Director and Company Secretary, The English-Speaking Union (Victoria Branch) Ltd
2012-Assistant to the Museum Curator, Heidelberg Historical Society and Museum, in a number of voluntary projects including:
Significance assessment;
Collection management; and
Exhibition development, including co-curator of the exhibition Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96 (May 2019 - May 2021) which received a Commendation in the Collaborative Community category of the 2019 Victorian Community History Awards.
2005-Expert 'detailed assessor' of international standing, appointed by the Australian Research Council

Her past service includes:

2022-2023Member, Committee of the British Australian Community Inc.
2021-2023President, Australian Viking Ships Museum Inc.
2021-2022Member, Committee of the Heidelberg Historical Society Inc.
2019-2020Member, Asset Review Working Group, National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
2017-2022Member, Collections and Programming Committee, National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
2017-2018Associate supervisor for a PhD candidate at the Australian National University
2017-2018Mentor, PhD Industry Mentor program, La Trobe University
2015-2018Member, 1919 King’s Cup Centenary Committee, Rowing Australia
2014-2019Member, Collections Committee, Royal Historical Society of Victoria, including leadership of the 2016 re-think of the RHSV's Collection Policy (
2012-2015Chair of the Academic Advisory Board for Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, appointed by Deakin University
2012Member of a Museums Australia (Victoria) Panel providing peer-review assessment of an applicant to the Museum Accreditation Program
2010Member, Adelaide Consultative Forum of the National Archives of Australia
2007–2010Member, Cultural Sector Advisory Committee, Innovation and Business Skills Australia
2007–2009Member, Ethics Centre of South Australia
2006–2010Member, Arts & Cultural Management Program Advisory Committee, University of South Australia
2006–2009Member, Creative Volunteering – No Limits – Course Advisory Panel, Regional Arts Australia
2005–2012Honorary Fellow, Deakin University. Attended meetings of the Advisory Committee of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific. In December 2009, she served as a volunteer lecturer in a week-long Special Course in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, delivering lectures on current issues in museology, and facilitating discussion sessions with a cohort of 24 postgraduate Filipino students.
2005–2006Member, Collections Advisory Committee, National Trust of South Australia
2004–2005Member, Museum Advisory Committee, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
2004–2005Member, Education Advisory Group, Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne
2003Member, selection panel for the Museum Leadership Program 2003
2002–2005Representative of Museums Australia on the Advisory Committee for the Return of Indigenous Cultural Property program, an initiative of the Cultural Ministers Council
2002–2003Member, National Collections Advisory Forum (Cultural Ministers Council / DCITA)
2001–2005Member, Heritage Collections Advisory Committee, Heritage Victoria
2000–2002Member of a committee established to advise DeakinUniversity on the deaccessioning of its AustralianHouseMuseum
1999–2005Member, Editorial Board, Open Museum Journal (Australia’s first refereed electronic journal for the museum sector)
1999– 2005Member, national Council of Museums Australia, including service as Vice-President (2001-2005) and on the Policy Standing Committee (2001-2004)
1997–2004Board member, ICOM-ICTOP, including service as Secretary (2001-2004)
1996–2005Board member, Ford Heritage Centre Trust (a company limited by guarantee), with responsibility for the Ford Discovery Centre (a museum of automotive technology that operated in Geelong from 1999 to 2012)
1995– 2005Chair, Editorial Standing Committee, Museums Australia (re: 'Museums Australia Magazine', previously titled 'Museum National')
1995–1996Member, Museums Advisory Board, Arts Victoria
1995–1996Member, Academic Board, Deakin University
1994–2000Board member, Australian National Committee, ICOM (and Member, ICOM’98 Working Group Executive, 1995-1998)
1994–1995Founder and inaugural Convenor, Museum Studies Special Interest Group of Museums Australia (and Convenor for a second term, 1998-2001)
1993–1997Committee member, Museums Australia (Victoria) (including as Hon. Secretary, 1994-1995, and as Hon. Treasurer, 1995-1997)
1992–2002Founding member and office-bearer, Friends of the Grainger Museum
1991–1996Member, Grainger Museum Advisory Committee, University of Melbourne
1990–1992Member, Museums Grants Assessment Panel, Arts Victoria (and Chair, 1995-1996)
1979–1981Member of the Army Reserve (Monash University Regiment), attaining the rank of Corporal and completing the Officer Training Course.