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Edith Cowan University’s (ECU’s) latest move shows a deep appreciation for a rich history dating back to 1902.

Archivist Helen Hopper has been appointed to manage ECU’s Archives and recently relocated to Western Australia to fill the position.

Ms Hopper has worked in archives internationally after studying History at University College London (UCL), and postgraduate Archives and Records Management studies at Liverpool University.

Her esteemed professional history includes roles of University Archivist and Records Manager at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK, Public Services Archivist at Lancashire Record Office, Archives Collection Manager at the South Australian Museum, and most recently, six years as an Archivist at the Australian National University and Noel Butlin Archives Centre.

“Being aware of your own history is more than interesting; it’s relevant. With history you have the facts. This connects us to the community because we can use the past to inform current processes,” said Ms Hopper.

She is now assessing the collections with a well-trained eye and developing a thorough understanding of ECU’s history.

Legacy Gifts Coordinator, ECU Office of Development and Alumni Relations Susan Morrow is thrilled with the recent recruitment.

“From the alumni perspective ECU has an amazing diverse history like other institutions in Australia.

“The University plays a role in the cultural narrative, and an Archivist will help us preserve the items, records of people and ideas that make up not only our history, but the story of Perth and Western Australia as well.”

Ms Hopper will ensure existing records are maintained and accessibility and visibility improved, including greater access for researchers. She will also explore the digital preservation of current records as part of the Information Management and Archive Services team.

Proposed projects for 2020 include an audit of the Archives, and to process the papers and personal research library of May O’Brien, the first female Aboriginal teacher in Western Australia. Ms Hopper will also aid preparations for ECU’s 30th anniversary celebrations by highlighting some of the achievements along its journey.

ECU University Archives

ECU University Archives supports research, teaching, scholarships and objectives of ECU.

Established in 1983, the Archives are responsible for the administration, preservation, appraisal and destruction of non-current business records.

Located onsite at Joondalup campus it makes historically valuable records available, contains preserved collections & documentation of the University and its predecessor agencies dating back to 1902.

The holdings of the Archives repositories include long and short-term temporary records, as well as permanent records of faculties, Schools, institutes and other correlations with other University bodies.

Records of student bodies, including the Guild, clubs and societies, personal papers & memorabilia from the alumni and former students are located and maintained here.

The Archives facility is deemed the safest place to house & safeguard our records, due to temperature & humidity controls in place.

The environment is pest controlled & ensures historical papers are protected from deterioration, which is why archives & vital records are stored here for safekeeping.

Enquiries about donating items, requests for archives items, displays for exhibitions or enquiries about the history of predecessor agencies at ECU should be directed to

Contact the Information Management & Archive Services (IMAS) team if information is required on Archives policy and procedures.

Physical visits to the ECU archives will be suspended until further notice. If you would like to make an archives inquiry please email


Exhibitions – IMAS being the owners of all things historical, has contributed many various items we hold to exhibitions. We recently had an exhibition for Edith Cowan’s birthday & have contributed archival items to events such as Music under the Stars, where we displayed ECU artifacts & its predecessor history & contributed records such as;

  • Edith Cowan memorabilia, including photographs & relevant items
  • College Bibles, used at Graylands Teachers College & Claremont Teachers College.
  • Mondummery Shield - a prize of love, originated in 1957 to honour a college couple Don Mummery and Erica Shepherd
  • Wooden planks with graffiti, featuring the handiwork of some of ECU’s prior staff & students
  • Ceremonial Robes, graduation sashes, sports memorabilia & flags & emblems

We have also assisted with displays for ECU’s 25th Anniversary, VC Exhibitions, Alumni Events such as Alumni Scrapbook Project & we have undertaken Media Production Projects, which have all assisted in showcasing our preserved Archives & being able to impart our knowledge on how these items came into existence.  We also offer weekly tours of our Archives facility for interested parties, please contact for more information.


Enquiries regarding the ECU Archives can be directed to the Information Management and Archive Services team:

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