Sarah Hayes is a material culture researcher working primarily within the People, Place, Heritage stream of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. Her work spans Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Archaeology and History with particular interest in the Gold Rush, consumerism and identity, the production of waste and waste infrastructure, women’s history, childhood and orphanages/care homes. She also collaborates with organisations like Museums Victoria and the Old Treasury Building to deliver exhibitions.
Her current research for her Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award examines the role possessions play in quality of life and social mobility, and in turn opportunity, inequality and wastefulness in Victoria utilising collections from Museums Victoria and Heritage Victoria. This project will also look at similarities and differences in cultural values between the Gold Rush cities of Melbourne, Bendigo, San Francisco, Sacramento and Dunedin.
Sarah is also currently involved in two projects focusing on orphanages and children’s homes:
- The Material Culture of the Geelong Orphan Asylum
- Places of trauma and healing? Managing the heritage of orphanages and care homes.
For an introduction to her work read her Conversation articles Sex and the sisterhood: how prostitution worked for women in 19th-century Melbourne and Gold Rush Victoria was as wasteful as we are today.Read more on Sarah's profile
Material culture studies; urban life; consumerism; Gold Rushes; social mobility; quality of life; women’s history; childhood; archaeological collections management
- Honorary Associate, Museum Victoria
- Member, Australian Museums and Galleries Association
- Member, Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology
Sarah is HDR Co-ordinator for the Alfred Deakin Institute, co-editor of the Australasian Historical Archaeology journal, honorary associate with Museum Victoria and member of the Archaeology Advisory Committee for Heritage Victoria.
Sarah has contributed to articles in the Age, Herald Sun and ABC News including Tidying is Timeless: Victorians decluttered 150 years ago in the Herald Sun and First Photo of Madame Brussels, the red-light queen of 1880s Melbourne in the Age.
A selection of interviews can be found here.
B Minchinton, S Hayes
(2020), Vol. 51, pp. 165-183, Australian historical studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1
Steven Cooke, Sarah Hayes, Edwina Kay, Antony Catrice
(2020), Vol. 32, pp. 28-43, Historic Environment, Melbourne, VIc., C1
S Hayes, Barbara Minchinton
(2019), Vol. 7, pp. 103-115, The commonwealth block, Melbourne: a historical archaeology, Sydney, N.S.W., B1
(2019), Vol. 23, pp. 678-709, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, C1
Tim Murray, Kristal Buckley, S Hayes, Geoff Hewitt, Justin McCarthy, Richard Mackay, Barbara Minchinton, Charlotte Smith, Jeremy Smith, Bronwyn Woff
(2019), Sydney, N.S.W., A7
(2018), Vol. 22, pp. 100-116, International journal of historical archaeology, New York, N.Y., C1
S Hayes, B Minchinton
(2016), Vol. 82, pp. 12-24, Australian archaeology, Abingdon, Eng., C1
(2014), Vol. 32, pp. 37-46, Australasian historical archaeology : journal of the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology, North Parramatta, N.S.W., C1-1
(2011), Vol. 73, pp. 13-24, Australian archaeology, Abingdon, Eng., C1
(2011), Vol. 29, pp. 33-44, Australasian historical archaeology, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1
Charlotte Smith, S Hayes
(2010), Vol. 6, pp. 171-187, Collections: a journal for museums and archives professionals, Lanham, Md., C1-1
(2007), Vol. 25, pp. 87-103, Australasian historical archaeology, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1
(2005), Vol. 28, pp. 4-14, Artefact: the journal of the Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria, Carlton, Vic., C1-1
Funded Projects at Deakin
Australian Competitive Grants
An Archaeology of Quality of Life During Victoria¿s Gold Rush
Dr Sarah Hayes
ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
- 2018: $183,990
Industry and Other Funding
The Material Culture of Geelong Orphan Asylum.
Dr Edwina Kay, Dr Sarah Hayes
Ochre Imprints Pty Ltd
- 2021: $19,909
- 2020: $114,437
- 2019: $4,158
No completed student supervisions to report