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The final program has been released for the Australian Historical Association’s National Conference, ‘Entangled Histories’, held from 3 to 7 July 2017, at the University of Newcastle. As with previous years, the History Council of NSW will be part of a history councils roundtable, chaired by Dr Tanya Evans.

History Councils Roundtable: Community Engagement and Outreach

History Councils operate in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. All aim to ensure that history in its diverse forms is a significant part of the cultural life of people and communities, and that the value of history is recognised. The roundtable will report on a new collaborative project to advocate the value of history, while highlighting differences in their approaches and priorities in providing relevant services and programs that meet community needs. History Council representatives will discuss the challenges and opportunities in reaching out to diverse audiences and stakeholders in both capital cities and regional and rural areas, and the types of programs and services they are considering and developing. In some states these already include organisation of and/or involvement in heritage and history festivals, participation in writers’ festivals, working with schools and schoolteachers, providing speakers for other organisations, and organising specialised forums and workshops. Speakers will also touch on funding for such activities and the communication and media strategies used to promote them.

When: Tuesday 4 July 2017, 1:30-3:00pm.
Where: Room G, Newcastle City Hall, 290 King Street, Newcastle.

Chair: Dr Tanya Evans is President of the History Council of NSW and a Senior Lecturer in History at Macquarie University, where she is also Director of the Centre for Applied History. In 2016 she won the NSW Community and Regional History Prize in the NSW Premier’s History Awards.

Speakers: Dr Annmarie Reid is Secretary of the History Council of South Australia and Assistant Editor of History Australia. She has worked across the three South Australian universities in various disciplines, including Education, Cultural Studies, Aboriginal Studies, Australian Studies, Information Studies and History.

Ms Margaret Birtley AM is the Executive Officer of the History Council of Victoria. She has worked with heritage collections in many different contexts and directed the museum studies course at Deakin University over a decade.

Emeritus Professor David Carment is a former President of the Australian Historical Association, the Royal Australian Historical Society and the History Council of NSW. He is currently a senior judge for the NSW Premier’s History Awards.

View the full conference program here, or at the link below.