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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The History Council of Victoria acknowledges the State Library of Victoria and the Public Record Office Victoria for supply of the archival images that appear on this website.

We acknowledge the National Film and Sound Archive for the right to use of the video footage on the home page, titled "Melbourne: Life in Australia (1966)".

Image credits

  • Italian sailors on ship at Port Melbourne 1938, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese procession in Collins near Elizabeth Street 1901, Harvie & Sutcliffe, photographers, State Library of Victoria
  • People’s homes, Aboriginal station Coranderrk 1878, Fred Kruger Photographer, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese nurses at Children’s Hospital under scholarship 1947, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Ladies physical culture class VRI Melbourne c1931, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001, 011/02
  • Melbourne Cup, Derby and Oaks Day, Flemington Racecourse 1936, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001/4802, 372/30
  • Flinders Street viaduct at foot of Market Street with advertisement for McRobertson’s Chocolate on bridge, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12800/P0003, ADV 1342