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HistoryAtWork has spent over twenty years working with communities, places and collections.

Please explore our projects below to read about this work.

Our methodologies include oral, digital and interpretive history, assessment of significance and preservation needs, auditing and curating collections, online or physical exhibitions, editing, transcription and digitising, memoir, life story and biography. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about any of these methodologies.

Our clients include individuals, families, professional organisations, community groups, local government, and institutions. Call us or send an email if you would like a client list.

We can provide referees for any projects or roles you read about below, and samples of our work. If our work is online you can see it now by visiting the History for you page.


Memory Victoria Project. Significance assessments of local history collections. Statewide project.

This was a State Library of Victoria project to conduct significance assessments of local history collections in public libraries across the state.

I managed a team of seven historians, including myself, to develop a methodology and program that enabled us to visit, study, write short local histories of each area and report on the collections that represented them in 56 public libraries across Melbourne, and from Mildura to Portland to Bairnsdale to Wodonga and dozens of places in between.

We saw and learnt many wonderful things about Victoria and were impressed and excited by the range and quality of local history collections. The depth and breadth of material available about the environment, migration, industry, transport, culture, community life, governance and family history in this state is quite breathtaking and there for anyone to use. Next time you are doing a history project, or some personal or academic research, don't forget the public library!

With Lesley Alves, Tsari Anderson, Robyn Ballinger, Claire Sandell, Michelle Summerton and Kim Torney.

Emma Russell