Birgit Heilmann

Birgit Heilmann

PHA NSW Accreditation

Professional Member


 Museum Curator & Historian


Birgit works as a curator at Hurstville Museum & Gallery, Georges River Council, Sydney.

She was curator at the Harry Daly Museum, Australian Society of Anaesthetists from 2010 until 2012.

From 2008 until 2010 Birgit worked as a historical consultant on several projects in South Australia, including collection documentation, significance assessments and oral history projects.

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


Area of Expertise

exhibition and public programs development, oral history projects, event management, historical research, collection management

Publications/Past Work

Curated exhibitions     

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

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

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: 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.