Craig has dedicated his professional career to increasing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer+ (LGBTIQ+) access and inclusion in Australian museums. His keynote presentation will ask us how we can introduce disruptive practice and become disruptive leaders in our own work so that many more can access the collections and information we work with every day.

Craig Middleton is the Manager of the Centre of Democracy, a collaborative project led by the History Trust of South Australia in partnership with the State Library of South Australia. He is responsible for the permanent gallery, exhibitions, and public and online programs that engage visitors with South Australia’s history of democracy, including national and international links.

His research interests are in Australian and South Australian political and social history. His Master’s dissertation explored the value of political ephemera to Australia’s heritage and identity through critique of collecting practices and priorities of Australian collecting institutions, in particular state libraries.

Craig has worked and volunteered in various cultural institutions in South Australia including the South Australian Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia, History Trust of South Australia, and Army Museum of South Australia. He was appointed Resident Curator at Carclew – South Australia’s youth arts organisation – in 2014 where he supported emerging visual artists to exhibit their work.

He is a National Councillor of Museums Galleries Australia – the peak industry body for museums and galleries in Australia – and also sits on the South Australian branch committee. Through his engagement with Museums Galleries Australia he sits on the Emerging Professionals National Network committee and is passionate about supporting emerging and early career professionals across the country, and internationally through his association with the Open Palace Programme.

Craig is passionate about community engagement practice in museums and was formerly responsible for public programming activities at the Migration Museum. His role involved building relationships with diverse ethnic communities in South Australia.

He is also committed to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer+ (LGBTIQ+) access and inclusion in Australian museums. His forthcoming book, co-authored with Dr Nikki Sullivan, Queering the Museum will be published by Routledge in 2018/19.

Craig tweets at @_museumguy