Session 3: Beyond Signage? Heritage Interpretation
History Matters Series
Session 3 asks: ‘In the professional field of heritage interpretation, are historians out in the cold?’ Heritage interpretation is dominated by specialists other than historians. And more often that not, interpretative schemes are concerned largely with aesthetics and texture. History is often accused of throwing heritage interpretation into a ‘grey area’ or a ‘hot mess’. Are complexity and contested viewpoints incompatible with heritage interpretation? What are the opportunities for interpretation in the public domain beyond the traditional plaque or signage? What can historians do for heritage interpretation? What can heritage interpretation do for historians?
Paul Ashton, UTS
- Sue Hodges, Heritage Professional and CEO of SHP (Victoria)
- Sharon Veale, CEO GML Heritage (Sydney)
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.
Schedule of History Matters Series:
- Session 1: Why/Why Not? Life in the Past Lane - Wednesday March 6th
- Session 2: Community histories - Wednesday April 3rd
- Session 3: Beyond signage - Wednesday May 1st
Presented by Professional Historians Association (NSW & ACT) and Oral History NSW.