Birgit Heilmann

PHA Accreditation

Professional Members


 Museum Curator & Public Historian


I am passionate about delivering interactive exhibitions and programs that engage the public and provide an entertaining learning experience.

I have over 10 years experience as a public historian. I am currently working as a curator at Hurstville Museum & Gallery, Georges River Council, Sydney.

Previously, I was curator at the Harry Daly Museum, Australian Society of Anaesthetists and also worked as a historical consultant contributing to research and collection management projects for public and private institutions.

In 2008, I completed a PhD at the University of Goettingen, Germany. My thesis, Holy relics turn into history, was published in 2009.


Area of Expertise

Exhibition development, oral history, event management and community engagement.


Publications/Past Work

Curated exhibitions     

 Keep in touch on show from 20 October 2018 - 27 January 2019  at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. 

St George on a Sunday on show from 19 May - 29 July 2018 at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. 

All things great and small on show from 22 July - 13 October 2017 at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. Highly commended MAGNA Award 2018.

Tying the knot: wedding stories and beyond on show from 21 May - 18 September 2016 at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. Winner MAGNA Award 2017.

Remembering them: People of St George & the First World War on show from 1/2015 - 5/2015 at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. Highly commended MAGNA Award 2016.
Watch the exhibtion video Keepsakes: First World War Memorabilia

Re-design of permanent exhibition, St George Stories: people, places, community, November 2015 at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. Winner MAGNA Award 2016.

If these Walls could Talk: Stories from 14 MacMahon Street on show from 1/2014–5/2014 at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. Read review.

Revealed! Treasures of HurstvilleCity Library, Museum and Gallery collections from 2/2013–4/2013 at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. Read review.

Recollections – Working in Sydney’s operating theatres. Online exhibition including oral histories, developed for Harry Daly Museum, Australian Society of Anaesthetists, June 2012.

Heilmann, Birgit: Aus Heiltum wird Geschichte. Der Gandersheimer Kirchenschatz in nachreformatorischer Zeit (Studien zum Frauenstift Gandersheim und seinen Eigenklöstern, vol. 1), Regensburg 2009. Research project Convent Gandersheim.


Heilmann, Birgit: Participants wanted: Benefits and challenges of developing exhibitions with community development. In: Circa. The journal of Professional Historians, Issue 6, 2018, pp. 65-66.

Heilmann, Birgit: Sydney has taken to milk. In: Doryanthes. A Southern Sydney Journal of History, Heritage and the Arts. Vol. 7, No 4, November 2014, pp. 23 - 27.



Birgit Heilmann: Stories of Hahndorf and the region, Hahndorf Academy Exhibition Background Research Project, November 2010.
Oral history interview transcripts, conducted for the Stories of Hahndorf and the region project, are published on the website SA 175, created by the Professional Historians Association (SA), launched in March 2011.

Geoff Speirs, Birgit Heilmann: National Railway Museum Port Adelaide, Significance Assessment, October 2009.

Geoff Speirs, Birgit Heilmann: Royal South Australian Society of Arts, Significance Assessment, October 2009.