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Careers in History, Episode 2 

7 July 2020 @ 5.30-6.30pm

Is there such a thing as a career in history?

The world of the past is broken down into numerous fields, from archivists, librarians and curators to archaeologists, historians and heritage consultants.

Join Dr Kiera Lindsey as she hosts a session with early-career historians, Alinde Bierhuizen, Social History Curator at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery and Bonnie Wildie, Archivist in Engagement and Access Services at NSW State Archives.

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?

This is a joint online event between the History Council of NSW & the Professional Historians Association of NSW/ACT.


About Careers in History series:

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 the lightning talks, there will be time for a short Q&A.





About Alinde Bierhuizen –

Alinde Bierhuizen is a Dutch Public Historian, living and working in Sydney. She is the Social History Curator at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery and a member of the Professional Historians Association NSW & ACT’s executive committee. She started working in Australia as a freelance historian, conducting research on behalf of the NSW State Archives and a heritage interpretation firm.

In the Netherlands, Alinde worked as a curator at the Amsterdam City Archives for several years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Arts in Public History, both obtained at the University of Amsterdam.  (Image:  supplied by speaker)

About Bonnie Wildie –

Bonnie Wildie is an Archivist, Engagement and Access Services at NSW State Archives. Bonnie is an award-winning information professional, with extensive experience working across the cultural heritage sector. She is passionate about illuminating the past and challenging historical narrative through innovative digital humanities applications.

Bonnie is active in the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) community, having previously presented on the idea of ‘Generous GLAM’ and how this might change the way we ‘do’ history. She seeks history beyond the institution, and has even put her sewing skills to use to make creative wardrobe pieces that spark conversations about access to and engagement with the historical record.  (Image Credit: UTS)

About Session Chair, Dr Kiera Lindsey, Executive Councillor, History Council of NSW –

Dr Kiera Lindsey is an award-winning historian based at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) where she is a Senior Research Fellow conducting an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) on speculative biography and historical craft. Kiera has published national and international academic book chapters and journal articles on nineteenth-century history, historical craft and biography. In 2016 she published her first speculative biography and cross-over trade book, The Convict’s Daughter, with Australia’s largest independent publishing house, Allen & Unwin, which has thus far sold over 13,000 copies. Reviewers have described The Convict’s Daughter as ‘blazing a new path through history and fiction’ and being not only ‘gloriously unputdownable’ but also a ‘ripper of way of doing history’.
(Dr Kiera Lindsey. Photo credit: Brian J Marshall.)

For further information about the History Effect Online Series, please click here.


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