So you want my arts job: Museum Shipkeeper

The gallery and museum sector is home to some of the most specialised jobs. ArtsHub takes a look at one – Museum Shipkeeper, Mirjam Hilgeman.
So you want my arts job. Museum Shipkeeper.

The Australian National Maritime Museum is home to a collection that centres on all things nautical. Those collected objects may be as small as a shackle from a historic boat, to the very boat itself. The Museum holds 12 vessels within its fleet, making it one of the largest floating historical vessel collections in the world.

Many of those vessels are active working “exhibits”, including a replica of the tall ship the Duyfken, which celebrated her 25th anniversary in January. Together, a team of shipwrights maintain or conserve the ships.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina