Session 1: The Commemorative Obsession
History Matters Series
History revolves around dates and marking time. For governments and community groups, anniversaries and commemorations provide a focus for understanding the past. What is the role of public historians and curators in anniversaries? In this, the first History Matters seminar for 2020, history practitioners will contemplate the highs and lows of anniversaries. Does it make good history?
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 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.
Presented by Professional Historians Association (NSW & ACT) and Oral History NSW.