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Tracy Ireland is Professor of Cultural Heritage in the Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra, and Director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research.

Tracy's career has also included working for the New South Wales Heritage Council as the State Archaeologist and heading up the Canberra Office of GML Heritage. She undertook a PhD at the University of Sydney, awarded in 2001, and  has published extensively on historical archaeology, heritage and conservation, and their entanglement with nationalism and colonialism. Tracy has prepared heritage assessments and management plans for some of Australia's most significant places, including the Old Great North Road World Heritage site, the Australian War Memorial, Old Parliament House and the Blacktown Native Insitution. Tracy is known internationally for her work on heritage ethics and the social values of heritage and she has researched and published on the archaeology and heritage of colonialism in Australia, New Zealand, Quebec, North Eastern USA, and in Cyprus, as a member of the Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project. Her recent books include The ethics of cultural heritage (with John Schofield), and Object Lessons: Archaeology and heritage in Australia (with Jane Lydon).

Tracy supervises a dynamic co-hort of PhD candidates and has had 6 PhD and 1 Masters by research complete successfully since 2015.

Tracy teaches undergraduate and postgraduate units in heritage conservation and management, material culture studies, ethics and cultural leadership.

In 2017 Tracy was visiting Research Fellow at the University of Stirling in Scotland.

Tracy is currently the Lead Chief Investigator for the 3 year ARC Linkage project  Heritage of the Air, 2018-2020, a digital and community focussed project studying how communities value the heritage of Australian aviation, partnering with Airservices Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the SFO Museum and the Civil Aviation Historical Society. 





Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sydney

Award Date: 17 May 2002

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Stirling

25 Aug 201720 Dec 2017

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Technology Sydney

25 Jan 201320 Dec 2013

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Research Output

Introduction: (in)significance–values and valuing in heritage

Ireland, T., Brown, S. & Schofield, J., Apr 2020, In : International Journal of Heritage Studies. p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
  • 'Last Drinks at the Hibernian': practice-led research into art and archaeology

    Ireland, T. & Frederick, U., 2 Sep 2020, In : Australian Archaeology. 85, 3, p. 279-294 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Secret and safe: The underlife of concealed objects from the Royal Derwent Hospital, New Norfolk, Tasmania

    Bryant, L., Burke, H., Ireland, T., Wallis, L. & Wight, C., 12 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Social Archaeology. p. 1-23 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Situating (in)significance

    Ireland, T., Brown, S. & Schofield, J., 27 Apr 2020, In : International Journal of Heritage Studies. p. 1-20 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 7 Downloads (Pure)

    Affective Aprons: Object Biographies from the Ladies’ Cottage, Royal Derwent Hospital New Norfolk, Tasmania

    Auld, D., Ireland, T. & Burke, H., 14 Jun 2019, In : International Journal of Historical Archaeology. 23, 2, p. 361-379 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)


    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

    Heritage of the Air

    Tracy Ireland (Chair)

    14 Nov 201917 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...