The Commemorative Obsession

The Commemorative Obsession

History revolves around dates and marking time. For governments and community groups, anniversaries and commemorations provide a focus for understanding the past. In this, the first History Matters seminar for 2020, history practitioners will contemplate the highs and lows of anniversaries.

Trompe l'oeil of a surveyor's desktop / watercolour by William Henry Wells
Wednesday
5 February 2020 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Price

General Admission: $10.00
State Library Friends Members: $5.00
PHA & OHAA Members: $5.00

Location

Macquarie Room, Ground Floor
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

 

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.

 

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