Ailey O’Brien

Culture & Heritage, 2022

I am a student of Cultural heritage at the University of Canberra in the last 12 months of my study. As a student of the Bachelor of Arts (Culture and Heritage), there is a wide range of areas which I can apply for, though I aspire to work in a career of object and artefact conservation and preservation or in the area of conservation and preservation of sites of cultural significance.

I am passionate about the study of human evolution and history and how and why cultures were formed, and are especially interested in the histories of human migration and the preservation of human archaeological remains.

During my time at UC, I have gained a diverse array of skills and experiences to assist in the pursuit of this degree, these skills being gained both individually and as part of a team. These include:

– Assessing the condition of objects in a collection

– Writing a heritage significance report

– Navigation and utilisation of online archives

– Analysis of traditional and non-traditional cultural technologies

– Developing projects for outside parties

After completing my degree I look forward to commencing work in areas of cultural preservation and/or the conservation of sites of cultural significance.

Ailey O’Brien

Selected Portfolio

Screen Shot from my Project Naraganawali

Screen Shot from my Project Naraganawali

Naraganawali is a project drawing inspiration from the video game 'Never Alone' developed in partnership with E-Line Media, Upper One Games and the Inupiat peoples of Alaska. Naragranawali is based off this idea to create an interactive platform which will assist in the online education, preservation and engagement of Ngunnawal Culture.

Egyptian Pot

Egyptian Pot

Condition Report of an Egyptian Pot located in the UC Heritage Storage.

Screenshot from the Ngala Trail Project I participated in.

Screenshot from the Ngala Trail Project I participated in.

The Ngala Trail project focused on creating multiculturalism and a connection to the Ngunnawal Culture in Haig Park, Canberra. The aim of this project was to 'give a voice' to these cultural groups and to the trees which reside in Haig Park.