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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.


History Detectives at Wattleview Primary School.

The Grade 1 / 2 students put in a fabulous effort to understand historical concepts expected of them by the Victorian Curriculum. What kind of evidence do historians use: "All sorts" "Asking questions" "Maps" "The things we see!"  The old (c1960s) paper map of Victoria caused much discussion in an age group more familiar with google maps. Student 1: "It's so big, it can't be just Victoria." Student 2: "No, I think it's the whole world". The chamber pot wasn't a surprise of course, what self-respecting primary school kid isn't amused by a good toilet? Chronology led to a collection of words and phrases to describe time in the past. And when it came to perspective there was some careful thinking about "what it was like to live with..." Living with no electricity would make you "nervous because you might fall down the stairs", candles could make "the whole house burn down" and it would be "hard to read". 

Their enthusiasm for learning how to do history was infectious so it was an easy decision to recruit them into History Detectives@Work. With their HD name badges in place it was time for lunch but I was told afterwards there was a lot of history detecting going on in the playground. 

After lunch it was time to put their new skills to work in solving the local history mystery. I won't say much about this or it will spoil those being planned for Term 4, but with their new skills and discovery of a past era "all of this reminds me of Back to the Future". By the end of the incursion they were able to report on their Local History Mystery for History Detective Internet Radio. 

Good work Wattleview History Detectives!

** For a (cute) rendition of the skills needed and questions History Detectives ask you can listen to the short piece of audio below 

** If you would like to see the 5 minute audio-visual summary of the History Mystery Incursion please contact me.

Emma Russell