HistoryAtWork is made up of a dynamic team of historians. Each of us is passionate about community history in its many forms, and together we bring a wide range of experiences and expertise to our projects.
Emma Russell founded HistoryAtWork in 1997 after receiving her MA (Public History) from Monash University. Her aspirations for meaningful, scholarly and enriching community history have been realised through written, oral and digital histories, life stories and cultural heritage assessments. Emma’s work with community cultural heritage led to a two-term appointment to the Heritage Council of Victoria (2001-2012). She has incorporated oral history into most of her projects over the last twenty years, runs workshops for community groups on oral history and collection management, and has received commendations for her interpretive, oral and digital histories.
Susan Faine is a historian, curator and collection manager interested in the lives of ordinary people and the objects of their everyday. She records stories, researches in archives and curates community social history exhibitions where objects and oral histories are in conversation. Susan develops and manages object collections, paper, photographic and oral history archives, often working in community, and with people whose first language is not English. Accredited with the Professional Historians’ Association (Victoria) Susan is President of Oral History Victoria (OHV) this year, a member of the OHV Innovation Awards selection panel and the Victorian Local History Grants Program panel.
Carissa Goudey has a Masters of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies from Deakin University, and a range of experience in history, heritage and collections. This includes projects with the Bayside City Council’s Arts and Heritage Collection and Museum Victoria’s Kodak Heritage Collection; as a heritage researcher and historian for commissioned histories, and as a historian on staff at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat. Carissa is on the Events Sub-Committee of the Professional Historians Association of Victoria.