Museum of Brisbane

Meet MoB: Liz Pullar


Go behind the scenes to meet the passionate and diverse people who help bring our city’s stories to life at Museum of Brisbane. In this edition of Meet MoB, we introduce you to Liz Pullar, our team’s Registrar. Liz is an integral part of the Museum and works behind the scenes to bring together all the amazing objects and artworks you can find in our exhibitions. Keep reading to find out more about Liz.


What does a day in the life of a Registrar look like?

I am responsible for all work associated with incoming loans to support our exhibitions, outgoing loans to support other institutions and new acquisitions. Much of the day is spent on communicating with lenders, making sure they have necessary information from us and passing on information regarding the objects, display conditions and dimensions to our team. Although much of this role relies heavily on paperwork, I am still fortunate enough to spend a lot of time working with objects and artworks.


Can you tell us a bit about your personal background? What led you to your current role at MoB?

I am originally from the state of Maine in the USA and have lived in Brisbane for nearly 20 years. My undergraduate degree from the US is in Anthropology with a major in Archaeology. I also have a Master of Museum Studies from The University of Queensland. After a few years of fieldwork and lab work in Maine, I decided that I ultimately wanted to work in a museum. After a move to California in the early 90s, I worked at the San Bernardino County Museum in California in the Archaeological Resource Unit before leaving work to raise a family. I spent six years at Queensland Museum before joining the team at Museum of Brisbane in 2018.


Everyone has a secret talent! What is a fun fact or talent we don’t know about you?

I love working on crafts such as patchwork, smocking, cross stitch, knitting and crochet. I also love baking. I started competitive Irish dancing at 35 when my daughter was small because it looked like so much fun and the music is fabulous. I also love to collect baskets when I travel.


What is your favourite artwork currently on display at MoB? And why?

My favourite artwork on display is the Bicornual Basket in Perspectives of Brisbane. I love utilitarian objects, especially baskets. I love the craft involved in the manufacture, and the stories behind the creation.


– Liz Pullar, Registrar