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This is a five day intensive course. Indicative session times are as follows: (please note, these times are indicative and may change slightly)

Session 1 09:00 - 12:30
Session 2 13:30 - 14:15
Session 3 14:30 - 17:00

Session 1 09:00 - 12:30
Session 2 13:30 - 14:15
Session 3 SITE VISIT 14:30 - 17:00

Session 1 09:00 - 12:30
Session 2 13:30 - 16:30

Session 1 09:00 - 12:30
Session 2 13:30 - 16:30

Session 1 09:30 - 12:30
Session 2 13:30 - 14:30
Session 3 14:45 - 16:30

Participants can attend face to face on the ANU Campus or online.

This course introduces students to critical issues in archival practice, with a focus on archives produced in the colonial period which are a rich resource of information for repatriation research and practice. The course has a particular focus on archives associated with First Nations peoples and, on particular the legacy of colonial era archives. The course will explore archive practice in the context of repatriation and restitution, in conjunction with examining the history of archives from the sixteenth century. The course considers the creation of archives by First Nations and the rise of digital archiving in the Indigenous space. Students will engage directly with diverse types of archival material including institutional records, personal papers, digital collection and audio-visual archives.

Critical to understanding repatriation research, history, and practice is familiarity with the archive associated with the removal, scientific use, and return of Indigenous human remains.  Provenancing ancestral remains to assist museum repatriation processes and for informed source community decision making, relies on familiarity with the diversity and breadth of the ‘repatriation archive’. Similarly, skills in archival research and in information management concerning archival resources (i.e. creating  local or digital archives) are key to successful repatriation practice. We have thus developed this course to focus on the importance of the archive for repatriation research and practice. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary archival practices and processes across a range of institutional frameworks and material types;
  2. gain a critical understanding of key issues, challenges and opportunities of archives and archival practice for First Nations and marginalised peoples;
  3. Demonstrate critical understanding of the importance of archives in repatriation research and practice
  4. develop a proficiency in archival literacy across a range of platforms through the examination of repatriation;
  5. undertake independent archival research in the design and execution of an original research project;
  6. demonstrate the ability to develop a sustained argument synthesising theoretical concepts and 'archival work' based on a specialised archive/s; and
  7. gain a critical understanding of social justice and archives with a particular focus on colonialism.


  • $2600 full fee
  • Application can be made for full fee-waiver by Indigenous people without organisation support. Please contact the convenor cressida.fforde@anu.edu.au
  • Application can be made for 50% discount for organisations sending more than two people. Please contact the convenor cressida.fforde@anu.edu.au