HSC: The Project: History Extension Seminar

Excursion Summary

Full Day

9 November 2018

This full-day student seminar is presented by the State Library of NSW and Sydney Living Museums. The seminar focuses on The Project and includes talks and workshops delivered by practising historians, archaeologists and museum and library professionals.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity for your students to develop their research skills and gain valuable advice, resources and inspiration as they embark on their major work.

Keynote speakers

Dr Tamson Pietsch
Historian and Director of the Australian Centre for Public History, University of Technology Sydney; host of the History Lab podcast

The History Lab podcast: Why what lies below the waterline of the history iceberg really matters
Podcasting is a growing phenomenon in Australia and the History Lab offers a new kind of history podcast – an experiment in investigative history. It draws the listener into the thrill of historical research, with all its uncertainties. In doing so it takes them into the historian’s struggle to make sense of the traces the past has left behind.

Dr Pietsch’s talk will discuss why podcasting matters to historians. Using examples from different kinds of podcasts, it will examine the difference between telling a historical narrative and undertaking a historical investigation. Her talk will explore how the processes of historical interpretation, source analysis and archival research, and the unanswered questions they sometimes involve, can be brought to life in ways that are accessible to a broad public audience.

Dr Ruth Balint
Senior Lecturer, History, School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales

Mass migration and the making of a new Australia after World War II
Clichés abound about the first wave of migrants who came from Europe after World War II: the Snowy Mountains labourer, the proxy bride, the Cold War fugitive from communist Eastern Europe, the ‘wog’ kid with the un-Australian salami sandwich. We celebrate them today in popular memory as the pioneers of a cosmopolitan Australia, figures of affection, even earlier colourful versions of ourselves.

But how do historians interpret this ‘moment’ in Australian history? Who were the postwar migrants, and what sort of Australia did they encounter when they came? What were their experiences of settlement and assimilation? And why have their stories, and the history of Australian immigration, been marginalised for so long? During this talk Dr Balint will share some of her research into Australia’s history of postwar immigration, and the wonderfully rich and diverse archives available to students and historians of this topic.

Historiography workshops with Sydney Living Museums

  • Each participant will be allocated to ONE of these workshops. All workshops are skills-based, focusing on historical inquiry and critical thinking.
  • Workshop numbers are strictly limited. The State Library of NSW will allocate places according to preferences expressed at the time of registration an order of receipt, and advise you of your workshop allocation when your booking is confirmed.
  • Some school groups may need to be split between different workshops. Sydney Living Museums staff will supervise the movement of students where required.

The ancient world through modern eyes | The Mint
Dr Craig Barker | Classical archaeologist and Manager, Education and Public Programs, Sydney University Museums

During this hands-on workshop, students will handle and investigate genuine Mediterranean artefacts, and learn about the development of archaeological investigation from antiquarianism through to the modern scientific inquiry
practised today.

Museums and curators as producers of history | The Mint
Dr Bruce Dennett | Historian, author, former Supervisor of Marking for History Extension

In this workshop, students will review how museums and their curators construct and represent the past by conserving, recording, displaying and interpreting aspects of past reality. Can the resultant exhibits ever be neutral? Students will interrogate specific examples by viewing them through the lens of historical thinking.

More than just an object | Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Dr Fiona Starr | Curator, Sydney Living Museums

Students will work in small groups to analyse artefacts and documentary sources, teasing out some of the stories behind a selection of fascinating objects. They will also visit a new museum exhibit and investigate the role of artefacts in interpreting a little-known period of Australian history.

Workshops at the State Library of New South Wales

Walk away with a suite of new tools, advice, and the confidence to embark on your major project. All attendees will participate in ALL workshops.

The Project as a creative process
Jonathon Dallimore | Teacher, 2016 Premier’s History Scholarship winner, author, University of New South Wales research candidate

The History Extension major work as a creative process' aims to give students practical advice about setting up and completing their major works. More specifically, the session places the major work in the context of the broader course to help students understand its purpose and outlines a range of strategies for getting the job done.

Workshop 1: Speed date the experts

This is your opportunity to ask all your burning questions about the project. Talk with teachers, markers, librarians, and those for whom the experience is very fresh – former History Extension students. Bring along all your ideas and test them out on a receptive audience.

Workshop 2: Rich resources from the State Library of New South Wales

Discover the remarkable research resources on the State Library website.  State Library staff will provide a valuable insight into the hidden web, assisting students to find primary sources, academic articles and abstracts to use in their
History Project. Sign up for a library card so you can access resources wherever you are. BYO device to participate in this interactive workshop.

Booking Details

9 November 2018

COST: $25 per person plus Eventbrite booking fee

If you have any enquiries please email learning.library@sl.nsw.gov.au, phone (02) 9273 1778.

Bookings for this event will open on Friday 19 October at 8am, once tickets have sold out please contact the State Library of NSW to be placed on the waitlist.