Shane Breynard

Position: Current PhD Student
School and/or Centres: School of History


Phone: +61 (0) 419 276 540

Location: Rm 3109, HC Coombs Building


BArt Hon Uni Medal (ANU) MA (ANU) MEnv (Melb)

Thesis title: Canberra and Nation on Screen

Shane Breynard is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of History, Australian National University, Canberra. His research considers screen depictions of Canberra in narratives of Australian nationhood, with a focus on the use of media archives in reimagining the past.

His wider research interests include transnational histories of film and screen media, and the exhibition and reception of archival film and photography in GLAM settings. Shane is also interested in the implications of our increasing use of online technologies for Australian public culture.

Shane is on extended leave from his position as Director, Canberra Museum and Gallery and Director Corporate Strategy, Cultural Facilities Corporation. Previously he has worked as Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to former ACT Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope; in senior cultural policy and infrastructure roles; in publishing; and as an artist and arts writer.

Shane serves as a member of the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee and national councillor of the Australian Museums and Galleries Association.

Follow his research blog at He tweets @shanebreynard.

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