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As a home of history and with a renowned Australian research collection it was fitting that last week we had 250 HSC Extension History students and their teachers fill the State Library. Drawn by the very popular History Extension: The Project seminar day, co-hosted annually with Sydney Living Museums, they were treated to a range of talks and workshops to help them get started on their major work for Year 12.
The History Extension course requires students of Modern and Ancient History to further develop their understanding of history and how historians work through an independent investigation. The only restriction to their choice of topic is that it cannot be studied within the Stage 6 syllabus.
The day featured keynote addresses by our own Dr Peter Hobbins (the current Merewether Fellow, who has written a fantastic story for the website on his research) and Associate Professor Grace Karskens. Students and teachers attended small group workshops, where they were able to pick the brains of people such as the Mitchell Librarian, Richard Neville, our wonderful librarians from the Secondary Schools team, experienced teachers and ex-students who excelled in the course.
Learning Services presented the resources we have available for History Extension students, including the award winning works from the History Teachers’ Association History Extension Essay Prize, and ways of exploring our collections, such as through Flickr and Stories. Students were also alerted to the free workshops on eresources that will be run in January for HSC students.