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A/Prof. Steven Cooke



Associate Professor, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Hum & Social Science


Melbourne Burwood Campus


After completing my PhD, I spent five years in Higher Education in the UK, first as a Research Fellow and then as a lecturer in Historical and Cultural Geography at the University of Hull. I moved to Australia in 2002 and worked in the heritage sector for 9 years. During this time I had the opportunity to work in some of Victoria's most significant places, including the Old Melbourne Gaol, Polly Woodside and the Shrine of Remembrance. These experiences have shaped my teaching and research interests which lie within the area of heritage, memory and identity.

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Research interests

The spatialities of difficult history and memory, particulalry as they relate to war and genocide; Holocaust pedagogy.


Australian Museums and Galleries Association

Museums Association (UK)

Australia ICOMOS

Units taught

AIM717 Heritage in the Field

AIM733 Applied Heritage Project


Recent Conference Presentations 

‘”Somehow the ill winds of war have been favourable to me”: travel, training, and trauma in the life and works of Louis Kahan’, ‘Imaging Emigration––Translating Exile: Cultural Translation and Knowledge Transfer on Alternative Routes of Escape from Nazi Terror in/via Austria’, Vienna, April 2019 (with Anna Hirsh)

‘Understanding emotional engagement: using visual research methodologies for visitor research’ Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference, Hangzhou, China, September 2018 (with Kristal Buckley)

‘Crossing Geographical and Professional Boundaries: Temporary Holocaust Exhibitions, Jewish Émigré Designers and new Museum Topologies’, Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference, Hangzhou, China, September 2018

‘Understanding engagement: using visual research methodologies for visitor research’, Museums Galleries Australia Annual Conference, June 2018
Invited speaker – Jewish Emigres Conference, Victorian and Albert Museum, London, November 2017

 Before Eichmann: Holocaust Exhibitions and the Myth of Silence- Department Seminar, University of Brighton, June 2017

Invited speaker – ‘The social agency of museums in civic engagement: investigating the impact of education programs at Holocaust Museums’ Reverberations: the Holocaust, Human Rights and the Museum, Sydney February 2017 (with Donna-Lee Frieze)

Professional activities

  • Cultural Tourism Victoria (Board Member) 2015 - 2019
  • International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance - member of the Australian delegation and member of the Memorial and Museums Expert Working Group. 

I have been involved in numerous committees that relate to cultural heritage issues, including: the Historic Shipwrecks Advisory Committee (a Statutory Committee reporting to the Victorian Heritage Council) 2007-2008; Australian Register of Historic Vessels Steering Committee, 2007-8; Victorian Cultural Tourism Forum Committee Member, 2007-8; Elected President Australian Maritime Museum Council, 2006-8; Elected Secretary Maritime Museum of Victoria Board of Management, 2005-7.



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Understanding the Social Value of Geelong's Design and Manufacturing Heritage for Extended Reality

Kaja Antlej, Steven Cooke, Meghan Kelly, Russell Kennedy, Lauren Pikó, Ben Horan

(2023), Vol. 6, pp. 3043-3062, Heritage, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Exhibitions, healing and sharing the stories of Australian veterans

Steven Cooke

(2022), pp. 88-102, Archaeology, Heritage, and Wellbeing : Authentic, Powerful, and Therapeutic Engagement with the Past, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

The Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness in Australia Survey

Steven Cooke, Donna-Lee Frieze, Andrew Singleton, Matteo Vergani

(2022), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Visual research methodologies and the heritage of 'everyday' places

Steven Cooke, Kristal Buckley

(2021), pp. 143-155, People-centred methodologies for heritage conservation : exploring emotional attachments to historic urban places, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

'Somehow the Ill Winds of War Have Been Favourable to Me': Travel, Training and Trauma in the Life and Works of Louis Kahan

Steven Cooke, Anna Hirsh

(2021), pp. 199-216, Cultural translation and knowledge transfer on alternative routes of escape from Nazi terror : meditations through migrations, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Teaching Memory: Digital Interpretation at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne

S Cooke, H Lewi

(2021), Vol. 25, pp. 308-327, Architectural Theory Review, C1

journal article

One Hundred Years in the Making: Box Hill RSL 1920-2020

Steven Cooke

(2021), Box Hill, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

New methodologies for exploring sense of place in the historic urban landscape

Steven Cooke, Kristal Buckley

(2020), pp. 166-180, The Routledge Handbook on Historic Urban Landscapes in Asia-Pacific, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Investigating 'ordinary' landscapes: Using visual research methods to understand heritage digital technologies and sense of place

Steven Cooke, Dora Constantinidis

(2020), pp. 450-462, The Routledge international handbook of new digital practices in galleries, libraries, archives, museums and heritage sites, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Managing Difficult Heritage at Kildonan/ Allambie: The heritage values of former orphanages and children's homes

Steven Cooke, Sarah Hayes, Edwina Kay, Antony Catrice

(2020), Vol. 32, pp. 28-43, Historic Environment, Melbourne, VIc., C1

journal article

The Routledge international handbook of new digital practices in galleries, libraries, archives, museums and heritage sites

Hannah Lewi, Wally Smith, Dirk vom Lehn, Steven Cooke

(2020), Abingdon, Eng., A7

edited book

Shifting responses to antisemitism and racism: temporary exhibitions at the Jewish Holocaust Centre

Steven Cooke, Donna Frieze

(2019), pp. 327-349, Holocaust memory and racism in the postwar world, Detroit, Mich., B1

book chapter

'A modern chamber of horrors'? Temporary Holocaust exhibitions as sites of memory: the 1961 Warsaw Ghetto commemoration exhibition, Melbourne

S Cooke

(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 445-465, Holocaust studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Using the historic urban landscape to reimagine Ballarat : the local context

S Cooke, K Buckley, S Fayad

(2016), pp. 93-113, Urban heritage, development and sustainability : international frameworks, national and local governance, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Affect and the politics of testimony in Holocaust museums

S Cooke, D Frieze

(2016), pp. 75-92, Heritage, affect and emotion: Politics, practices and infrastructures., Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Visitor, contributor and conversationalist: multiple digital identities of the heritage citizen

S Cooke, H Lewi, W Smith, A Murray

(2016), Vol. 28, pp. 12-24, Historic environment, Carlton, Vic., C1

journal article

The Sweetland Project. Remembering Gallipoli in the Shire of Nunawading

S Cooke

(2015), Melbourne, Vic., A1


The interior of our memories: a history of Melbourne's Jewish holocaust centre

S Cooke, D Frieze

(2015), Ormond, Vic., A1


Imagination, performance and affect: a critical pedagogy of the Holocaust?

S Cooke, D Frieze

(2015), Vol. 21, pp. 157-171, Holocaust studies. a journal of culture and history, Middlesex, Eng., C1

journal article

'On the move'? Maritime heritage and urban redevelopment in Melbourne

S Cooke

(2015), Vol. 27, pp. 24-35, Historic environment, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

On an ordinary suburban street: a brief history of Melbourne's Jewish Holocaust Centre

S Cooke, D Frieze

(2015), Vol. 22, pp. 548-568, Journal of the Australian Jewish Historical Society, [Australia], C1-1

journal article

'Its still in your body': identity, place and performance in Holocaust testimonies

S Cooke, D Frieze

(2014), pp. 181-195, Travel and imagination, Surrey, England, B1

book chapter

Community museums and the creation of a 'sense of place': Holocaust Museums in Australia

S Cooke, A Alba, D Frieze

(2014), Vol. 9, pp. 1-1, reCollections, Canberra, ACT, C1

journal article

A synthesis of tagging studies examining the behaviour and survival of anadromous salmonids in marine environments

S Drenner, T Clark, C Whitney, E Martins, S Cooke, S Hinch

(2012), Vol. 7, pp. 1-13, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1-1

journal article

Post-release survival and physiology of angled luderick (Girella tricuspidata) after confinement in keeper nets in an Australian estuary

P Butcher, M Broadhurst, K Hall, S Cooke

(2011), Vol. 68, pp. 572-579, ICES Journal of Marine Science, C1-1

journal article

The National Museum of Scotland : a symbol for a new Scotland?

F McLean, S Cooke

(2003), Vol. 45, Scottish affairs, Edinburgh, Scotland, C1-1

journal article

Our common inheritance? : narratives of self and other in the Museum of Scotland

S Cooke, F McLean

(2002), pp. 109-122, Celtic geographies : old culture, new times, London, England, B1-1

book chapter

Tales from the Riverbank: place-marketing and maritime heritages

D Atkinson, S Cooke, D Spooner

(2002), Vol. 8, pp. 25-40, International journal of heritage studies, London, England, C1-1

journal article

Picturing the nation : The Celtic periphery as discursive other in the archaeological displays of the museum of Scotland

S Cooke, F McLean

(2002), Vol. 118, pp. 283-298, Scottish geographical journal, Oxon, England, C1-1

journal article

Your story too? The new Holocaust exhibition at the Imperial War Museum

S Cooke

(2001), pp. 590-606, Remembering for the future : the Holocaust in an age of genocides, New York, N.Y., B1-1

book chapter

Discourses of regeneration in early twentieth-century Britain : from Bedlam to the Imperial War Museum

S Cooke, L Jenkins

(2001), Vol. 33, pp. 382-390, Area, London, England, C1-1

journal article

Communicating national identity : visitor perceptions of the Museum of Scotland

S Cooke, F McLean

(2000), pp. 147-160, Heritage and museums : shaping national identity : papers presented at The Robert Gordon University Heritage Convention 1999, Shaftesbury, England, B1-1

book chapter

Negotiating memory and identity : the Hyde Park Holocaust Memorial, London

S Cooke

(2000), Vol. 26, pp. 449-465, Journal of historical geography, London, England, C1-1

journal article

Conceptualising private and public national identities : the case of the Museum of Scotland

S Cooke, F McLean

(1999), pp. 361-365, European advances in consumer research : Bridging the Atlantic, Jouy-en-Josas, France, B1-1

book chapter

Beth Shalom : rethinking history and memory

S Cooke

(1999), Vol. 8, pp. 21-41, Journal of holocaust education, London, England, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Citizen Heritage: Digital and Community-based Histories of Place - University of Melbourne

A/Prof Hannah Lewi, Dr Wally Smith, Prof Tom Kvan, Dr David Nichols, A/Prof Steven Cooke, Dr Dirk vom Lehn

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2015: $4,000
  • 2014: $4,000

Learning from the Past? Evaluating the impact of Holocaust museum education

Dr Avril Alba, Dr Helena Robinson, A/Prof Steven Cooke, Dr Rebecca Kummerfeld, Dr Breann Fallon, Dr Simon Holloway, Ms Kathy Baykitch

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2023: $68,280

Other Public Sector Funding

City of Ballarat's Historic Urban Landscape

A/Prof Steven Cooke, Ms Kristal Buckley

City of Ballarat

  • 2014: $5,000
  • 2013: $9,000

Collaborative approaches to interpretation in Australian and Indonesian museums

A/Prof Steven Cooke

DFAT Australia-Indonesia Institute Council COVID-19 Special Grants

  • 2022: $2,500
  • 2021: $30,000

Towards a Holocaust Memorial Week in Australia

A/Prof Steven Cooke, Dr Donna-Lee Frieze

Department of Education, Skills and Employment (Cmwlth)

  • 2021: $30,000

Industry and Other Funding

Box Hill and the Centenary of the Gallipoli Landings

A/Prof Steven Cooke

Box Hill RSL - Consultancy

  • 2015: $13,000
  • 2014: $13,000
  • 2013: $18,580

Centenary of Box Hill RSL project

A/Prof Steven Cooke

Box Hill RSL - Consultancy

  • 2018: $24,250
  • 2017: $15,750
  • 2016: $15,000

Sites at Risk: Guidelines for Best Practice

A/Prof Steven Cooke

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Sites at Risk Grant

  • 2019: $3,134

Reconceptualising travel and trauma: Holocaust Survivors and their impact on Australian Society.

A/Prof Steven Cooke

Sir Wilfred & CH (Roger) Brookes Charitable (The Trust) Foundation

  • 2020: $100,000

The Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey in Australia

A/Prof Steven Cooke, Dr Donna-Lee Frieze, Prof Andrew Singleton, Dr Matteo Vergani

Gandel Philanthropy

  • 2021: $119,399

Heritage in the urban terrain: Everyday encounters with places of the past (HAUNTED)

A/Prof Olafur Rastrick, A/Prof Steven Cooke

Icelandic Research Fund

  • 2022: $3,200


Principal Supervisor

Michelle Joy Stevenson

Thesis entitled: Snowflakes in a Sunburnt Country: Heritage Ensembles of Australian Skiing

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Beatrice Harris

Thesis entitled: Negotiating Colonial Legacies: Museums and the Production of Moral Unsettlement

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Supervisor

Fiona Gatt

Thesis entitled: The lived experience of urbanisation in Hotham/North Melbourne, 1852-1905

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Hendrik Willem Berrevoets

Thesis entitled: The Myth of Chinese Market Gardening

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Lorinda Cramer

Thesis entitled: Needlework and genteel identity in gold rush Victoria

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences