Dr Madeline Shanahan


Dr Madeline Shanahan, GML Manager, Public History and Research, has over 14 years’ experience as a professional historian and archaeologist. She also holds a PhD in Archaeology from University College Dublin and a First Class Honours degree in Historical Archaeology from the University of Sydney.

Madeline has worked as a heritage consultant in Dublin, Melbourne and Sydney. She has expertise in heritage interpretation, historical research and historical archaeology. Madeline also has extensive experience in Aboriginal history, cultural heritage and Native Title research, and is skilled in the area of community consultation.

In addition to her work as a heritage consultant, Madeline is an active researcher. She is the author of two books, a range of peer-reviewed articles, and regularly speaks at national and international conferences. She is an Honorary Associate with the Archaeology Department at La Trobe University and is an Associate Investigator with the Australian Research Council’s Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions. Her research interests relate to food history, recipe books, women’s history and domestic space.

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I am passionate about the past and all its secrets. Public history and heritage interpretation are powerful ways to connect people to the tales of our past that still resonate today. Our task is to capture the imagination and to make sure that history is kept alive through storytelling and innovative design.

Madeline Shanahan


PhD (Archaeology), University College Dublin

Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology) (Honours), The University of Sydney


Professional Historians Association

Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology