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At MOMO we are a team of highly motivated professionals who are dedicated to the benefits of learning about the past through objects.

We possess degrees in archaeology, museology and teaching. We also work collaboratively with other discipline specialists as required.

Richenda Prall, co-director and co-curator for MOMO

Richenda PrallI have an honours degree in archaeology from the University of Southampton and a masters degree in Museology from the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, UK.

My career in archaeology began in 1989 when I commenced work as an Archaeologist for Norfolk Archaeology Unit, excavating an Anglo Saxon settlement site. Since that time I have worked as an Archaeologist for the Museum of London  (Southwark & Lambeth), the British School at Rome, and for the Department of Oceania & South American Studies, Sainsbury Centre Research Unit, on the Huaca della Luna, a Moche culture sacrificial site in Trujilo, Peru.

In 1996, having completed a masters degree in Museology, I moved into museum curatorship as a vocation, working at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for the next six years. Here I worked in various curatorial departments, finally working in the Exhibitions Department on in-house and national/international touring exhibitions. These included in-house exhibitions Aubrey Beardsley, The Power of the Poster and international touring exhibitions William Morris touring Japan 1996-7, and A Grand Design touring North America and Canada in 1997-2000.

On following an Australian man over to Perth I started a new life in maritime archaeology. I was fortunate enough to secure a position as Assistant Curator for the Department of Maritime Archaeology, at the Western Australian Museum. For the next nine years I worked on collections management of maritime/numismatic collections and was involved with field work, research and publication on specific projects relating to shipwrecks off the West Australian coast. These included establishing the original 18th century French encampment site of Louis de Freycinet (and Rose de Freycinet) site at Shark Bay, and the 2006 museum excavations at Dirk Hartog Island re-examining the 18th century French annexation site.

I am actively involved in the professional archaeology community and am a member of the Australian Institute of Maritime Archaeology (AIMA). I have presented papers at international and Australian conferences and have a few published articles that I try and write in between spending time with my family.

Megan Mentz, co-director and co-curator for MOMO

Megan MentzI have an honours degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. I also have a Postgraduate diploma in Education, majoring in history, from the University of Western Australia.

My career in Archaeology began as a Finds Assistant art Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields at the end of Hadrian’s Wall in Great Britain.  After this I worked as a freelance Archaeologist on various Roman excavations in Winchester and in Scotland, before coming to Perth as a Research Assistant in the Pilbara as part of a study project looking at habitation patterns along the Fortescue River.

I worked for the Centre for Prehistory, at UWA from 1990 to 1991 as a Field Archaeologist conducting site surveys and analytical research in conjunction with traditional owners.

On returning to Great Britain, I began a career in Museums, working in Heritage Management at Dove Cottage in the Lake District before acquiring a position at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as Assistant Curator of Archaeology and Ethnography. 

In this position I helped host and exhibit two exhibitions based on the West African Collections: Yoruba textiles and West African Musical Instruments. Both of these were showcased in collaboration with the Nigerian and West African communities, with workshops and events running alongside for the duration of these exhibitions. I also created a travelling education collection called ‘The Maori Discovery Box” and piloted it in schools in the Birmingham area.

On returning to Australia, I re-trained as a high school teacher of History and Society and Environment. Over the last 10 years, I have accrued a wealth of educational experience, knowledge and teaching pedagogy through a variety of positions in schools in WA and Education Units such as Eco Education at DEC.

Linking my passion for History and Archaeology with my vocation of teaching students and imparting knowledge has led to this partnership with the Museum of Moving Objects.

Indigenous advisors

We seek advice from and work closely with a variety of Indigenous people, including Traditional Elders, Artisans and Education Advisors. All of MOMO’s Indigenous Workshops have been approved and supported by Traditional Elders.

With reference to MOMO’s Indigenous collection, it is the policy of MOMO to use both existing artisan contacts, as provided by the academic and museum world, but also to encourage and promote new unknown Indigenous artists within their communities who want to tell their story and participate in this project.

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