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History Matters: Why/Why Not? Life in the Past Lane

Presented by Professional Historians Association (NSW & ACT) and Oral History NSW.

This session held at the State Library of NSW is designed to introduce the audience to questions about why history is important to all our lives. We explore how ideas about the past are changing through the voices of two practitioners who work with history in very different settings. They will reflect on their own experience about the issues that have emerged in communicating history to different groups.

Chair: Paula Hamilton, UTS

Speakers: Paul Irish, Historian and Archaeologist and Director of Coast History
Birgit Heilmann, Curator Hurstville Museums and Gallery, Georges River Council

Public history shapes our communities’ understandings of the past. This series will explore the issues that stimulate and bedevil the work of public historians. This 3 part seminar series aims to encourage a more reflective approach to the practice of history and create conversations across a diverse cohort of practitioners. Professionals, scholars, students and those with a long-standing interest in public history all welcome. $5 for members of OHNSW and PHA.

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