Margaret’s publications relating to museums and heritage collections are grouped here under sub-headings that aim to assist navigation:

Practice Guides
Reports on major research projects
Conference proceedings
Articles about public programs in museums
Articles about heritage collections
Articles reporting on issues for the museum sector
Articles on management topics
Articles on educational topics


Practice Guides

Closed by COVID-19? A Practice Guide for managers of heritage collection that are closed at short notice because of an epidemic or pandemic (2020).

Significance 2.0 (2009).

National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries (ver. 1.0, 2008).

Birtley M. (ed.) 1995, Museum Studies Bibliography 1995. Deakin University, School of Aquatic Science and Natural Resources Management, Technical paper 1995/1: i-ix + 1-359 pages.

Birtley, M. & McGillivray, N. (eds) 1990, The Official Museums Directory for Victoria, 2nd edition, Museums Association of Australia, South Melbourne.


Reports on major research projects

Bullock, V.M., Birtley, M.M. & Jenkins, C.J. 2006, Conservation Survey 2006. Collections Council of Australia Research Report No. 1, Collections Council of Australia Ltd, Adelaide.

Deakin University 2002, A Study into the Key Needs of Collecting Institutions in the Heritage Sector, 2 vols (contributing author). 


Conference proceedings

Birtley, M (ed.) 1998, Museum Training and Cultural Diversity, published by Deakin University as pre-prints for a conference of the International Committee for the Training of Personnel (International Council of Museums).

Moritz, A., Birtley, M. & McGillivray, N. (eds) 1990, Museums Towards Tomorrow: Serving the Future Public, Museums Association of Australia, South Melbourne.

Birtley, M. & McQueen P. (eds) 1989, New Responsibilities: Documenting Multicultural Australia. A record of the conference for museums, libraries, archives and historical collections towards a National Agenda for a Multicultural Australia 11- 13 November 1988, Museums Association of Australia, South Melbourne.


Articles about public programs in museums

Birtley, M. 2003, ‘Rare Trades: Making things by hand in the digital age’, Museum National, vol.12, no.1, August, p. 28-29 (exhibition review article).

Birtley, M. 1993, ‘Working Out: Active Outdoor Programs at Scienceworks’, Museums Association of Australia (Victoria): Museum News, December, pp. 1 and 7.


Articles about heritage collections

Birtley, M. 2019, ‘The Heidelberg Busy Bee Signature Quilt’, Textile Fibre Forum, no. 136, December 2019 (a 2-page feature article in the ‘Hidden Treasures’ series).

Birtley, M. 2019, ‘My GLAM: Margaret Birtley’s journey into quilt-making and community history’, Newsletter, Australian Society of Archivists Vic Branch, July 2019, pp. 2-3.

Birtley, M. 2012, ‘The Sports Heritage Jigsaw’, Museums Australia (Victoria): InSite, May-June 2012, p.4.

Birtley, M. 2009, ‘Linking Australia’s collections with communities’, pp. 85-97 in proceedings of Culture Policy & Museum Management: International symposium, National Taiwan Univ. of the Arts, Taipei.

Bullock, V. & Birtley, M. 2008, ‘Will collections vanish in the urge to converge? Observations on “convergent evolution” in the collections sector’, Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 36, no. 2, November 2008, pp. 128-147. This is a refereed version of the paper presented at the 2008 national conference of the Australian Society of Archivists.

Birtley, M. 2008, ‘Sharing the DREAM: libraries as community hubs’, presentation to the 2008 Australian Library and Information Association national conference.

Birtley, M. 2007, ‘Regional Hubs and other strategies’, plenary presentation to the Regional and Remote Program Museums Australia national conference, 19 May 2007. 

Birtley, M. 2007, ‘The evolving agenda for collections in Australia’, presentation to the Museums Australia national conference, 18 May 2007. 

Birtley, M. 2006, ‘The Collections Council of Australia’ – paper prepared for the 2006 Australian State of the Environment Committee, Department of the Environment and Heritage, Canberra.

Birtley, M. 2006, ‘Linking the nation’s memory: Progressing the work of the Collections Council of Australia’, reCollections: A journal of museums and collections,  National Museum of Australia, vol. 1 no. 1, pp. 83-91.

Birtley, M. 2005, ‘Launch of the Collections Council of Australia’, Royal Historical Society of Victoria: History News, No. 260 November/December 2005, p. 3.

Birtley, M. 2005, ‘Launch of the Collections Council of Australia’, Museums Australia (Victoria): InSite, November 2005 – January 2006, p. 8.

Birtley, M. 2003, ‘The Churinga and the Saint’s finger: A Question of Ownership as well as Access’, Museum National, vol.11, no.3, February, p. 18.

Birtley, M. 2001, ‘Spring cleaning the collection’, Regional Galleries Association of Queensland: Gallery Messenger, issue 10, November, pp. 2-3.

Birtley, M., Logan, W. & Sweet, J. 2000, ‘Sourcing Collections’, Museums Australia (Victoria): InSite, Feb-Mar, p. 6.

Museums Australia (Vic), Deakin University & Victorian Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Material 1995 (unpub.), ‘Brief for a Conservation Information Kit’, (contributing author).


Articles reporting on issues for the museum sector

Birtley, M. 2006, ‘National Standards for Museums and Galleries: a new Task Force and approach’, Museums Australia (Victoria): InSite, Sept-Oct 2006, p.13. (Subsequently reprinted in several other museum-related newsletters.)

Birtley, M. 2002, ‘A new definition of museum’, Museums Australia (Victoria): InSite, Jun-Jul, pp. 5-6.

Birtley, M. 2001, ‘Shaping Identities – The Challenge of Defining Museums’, Museum National, vol. 9, no. 3, February, pp. 6-7.

Birtley, M. (guest editor) 1998, Museum National, vol. 6, no. 3 (February issue: ‘AustralianMuseums and Cultural Diversity’).

Birtley, M. 1997, ‘A Conference at Odds with its Theme’, Museum National, vol. 5, no. 4, May, p. 29.

Birtley, M. 1994, ‘Falling Out Over Carlton Gardens’, Museums Association of Australia (Victoria): Museum News, September, pp. 7, 10-12.


Articles on management topics

Birtley, M. 2009, interview (with three other ‘successful female executives’) on the topic: ‘Striving for Balance’. Published in IQ: The RMAA Quarterly, vol. 25, no. 4, November 2009, pp. 12-17.

Birtley, M. 2007, ‘Risky business: managing responsibilities & solutions’, Australian Registrars Committee: ARC Journal, vol. 54, Winter 2007, pp. 29-31.


Articles on educational topics

Birtley, M. 2004, ‘Eight keys to professional development’, Museums Australia (Victoria): InSite, September-October 2004, p. 14.

Birtley, M. & Sweet, J. 2002, ‘Training to Meet the Key Needs of Australia’s Heritage Collections, and the Wider Implications for Training in a Globalised Community’, published electronically.

Birtley, M. 2000, ‘Works in Progress: Developing Curricula for the Training of Museum Personnel’, International Council of Museums: International Committee for the Training of Personnel: Annual Symposium. Papers published by the Cultural Resource Management Program, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (10 pp.).

Birtley, M. (ed.) 1999, ‘Museum Leadership Program’, Museum National, vol. 8, no. 2, Nov-Dec, p. 22.

Birtley, M. 1999, ‘Reaching Out: A Review of the First Three Years of a Correspondence Course in Museum Studies’, in Fringe Benefits: Community, Culture, Communication, Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Conference of Museums Australia, Museums Australia, Albury, pp. 19-24.

Birtley, M. 1999, ‘Museum Training and Cultural Diversity’, ICOM News, ICOM’98 Special Issue, p. 22.

Birtley, M. 1998, ‘Catalysts of Change in the Museum Training Environment’, in Museums, Catalysts for Community Development, ICTOP 1996 Proceedings, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, pp. 79-86.

Birtley, M. 1998, ‘ICTOP’, Museum National, vol. 7, no. 2, Nov-Dec, p. 10.