Principles underpinning our work.
We believe community history [for a neighbourhood, family, institution or profession] comes into its own when it has the power to give people a place in their history, and recognise its significance to their lives.
When working with our clients and their community histories we are mindful of four principles, which include:
- Giving our client's community an understanding and appreciation of their past, and
- Enabling them to anticipate the future.
- Reflecting the business our client’s are engaged in, and
- Recognising their aspirations for the project at hand.
These principles are guided by the individual project and so expressed differently each time, which means they ensure our work is meaningful and personal to each client. You can read more about our projects here.
How else do we ensure your history projects are meaningful?
Whatever the subject, style or format History@Work strives to make the result engaging and lively, studying the context in which the history took place and its relationship and importance to us today.
Sensitivity, ethics, empathy and responsibility to the story – these are key to our approach to oral history. This way the storyteller’s reality and the emotion, drama and humour are retained. Our approach allows the end product to be revealing, touching, honest and human. I have used oral history for commemoration, reminiscing and celebrating, as a learning tool, as a family heirloom, and as a resource for other projects.
The intrinsic value of our heritage lies in its ability to make us more aware of the world around us and its relationship to our lives today. To this end exploring and acknowledging your heritage through honest, engaging interpretation is critical.
History@Work is an advocate for judicious, rather then random, collecting. This means rigorously applying principles of significance and other professional accreditations such as the Burra Charter.
Embarking on a history project is usually a unique experience and unlikely to be repeated. I like to give plenty of time to discuss your ideas with you for your own peace of mind and in the interest of a thorough and meaningful project.