Deb Tout-Smith

Deborah Tout-Smith joined the History Council of Victoria in November 2021, representing Museums Victoria. Deborah is Senior Curator, Home & Community, in the Society & Technology Department of Museums Victoria. She curates Home & Community, Childhood and Military History collections, and co-curates a Clothing & Textiles collection.

Deborah is passionate about the documentation, research and interpretation of history. She has curated major exhibitions including World War I: Love & Sorrow (2014) and The Melbourne Story (with Liza Dale-Hallett, 2008). She is currently researching the use of Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building by the RAAF and WAAAF during World War II, building on the project 

Deborah’s recent publications include Museums, History and the Intimate Experience of the Great War: Love and Sorrow (ed.) with Joy Damousi and Bart Ziino, Routledge (2021); World War I: 100 Years (ed.), Beiträge zur Museologie series, vol. 8 (2021); and ‘Love & Sorrow: the Role of Emotion in Exhibition Development and Visitor Experience’, in Loughran, T. and Mannay, D., Emotion and the Researcher: Sites, Subjectivities and Relationships. Studies in Qualitative Methodology series (2018).

Deborah holds a Master of Arts in Public History (High Distinction) degree from Monash University.


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