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Careers in History (Ep 1) - Heritage, Archaeology and Museums

What does a “history professional” actually do? 

For many students and early career professionals interested in history, finding employment opportunities beyond their tertiary studies can be both challenging and daunting.

Join the History Council of NSW for an informal session featuring a diverse range of guest speakers working in the history sector.

26 July 2021 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


Heritage, Museums and Archaeology

Hear ‘lightning talks’ from historians, museum curators, researchers and other history professionals as they share their experiences and tips on how to kick-start a career in the history world.

After each lightning talk, there will be an opportunity for a Q&A. 

Join HCNSW Vice President and Session Chair Dr Kiera Lindsey as she hosts a session with creative and heritage professionals.

Dr Lindsey asks the question: what was the magic that got you into history, what’s been your journey to date, and where do you imagine it will take you?

Image courtesy Society of Australian Genealogists.

Our Speakers

Session Chair – Dr Kiera Lindsey

Dr Kiera Lindsey is a Senior Research Fellow conducting an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award on speculative biography and historical craft at the University of Technology Sydney.

She has published book chapters and journal articles on nineteenth-century history, historical craft and biography as well as creative histories. Her first speculative biography, The Convict’s Daughter was published with Allen & Unwin in 2016 and described as ‘fearlessly carving a new path between history and fiction’.

Her second is concerned with colonial artist and republican, Adelaide Ironside, and will be published with Allen & Unwin in 2022. Kiera has been an on-camera historian and a regular guest on ABC Radio National.

She is currently the Vice President of the History Council of New South Wales and a member of the Sydney Living Museum’s Curatorial and Public Engagement Committee.

Dr Carlin De Montford

Dr Carlin de Montfort is an Assistant Curator at Sydney Living Museums. Based in the house museums and working within the broader Curatorial team, he undertakes a variety of tasks from collections care and documentation and house presentation to interpretation, research and writing.

He loves the variety of the job, working with unique buildings and collections and sharing these places with audiences.

Dr Iain Stuart

Dr Iain Stuart has over twenty-five years of professional experience in Aboriginal and historical archaeology, as well as the broader areas of industrial archaeology, heritage assessment and management, and cultural landscape assessment.

Over that time, he has worked in government and private enterprises, and as a volunteer for the non-profit heritage sector. In 2018 he joined Artefact to manage large-scale and State-significant archaeological excavations. This work encompasses Aboriginal, historical, industrial, and maritime spheres of heritage.

Among his recent publications are articles on Macquarie’s towns, Newcastle’s defences and wheat landscapes.

Dr Meg Foster

Dr Meg Foster is an award-winning historian of bushranging, settler-colonial and public history, and a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Alongside her academic trajectory, Meg has worked as a public historian, featured in historical documentaries, and engaged in artistic collaborations.

Meg has a breadth of experience engaging academic and public audiences and a passion for connecting history to the contemporary world—most recently in the form of writing about how history has been used to understand COVID-19. Her first book, Boundary Crossers: the hidden history of Australia’s other bushrangers, is due to be published by NewSouth in 2022. 


Dr Kiera Lindsey

Dr Iain Stuart

Carlin De Montford

Photo © Joshua Morris for Sydney Living Museums

Dr Meg Foster