Centre for Applied History

Centre for Applied History

Centre for Applied History

We research the global production and consumption of history in the public sphere.

Applied history explores the production and consumption of history outside of universities. The Centre for Applied History is nationally and internationally distinctive and continues to forge innovative, award-winning collaborations with a range of producers and consumers of history.

The Centre for Applied History resides within the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations. Its collaborators are drawn from the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Ancient History and the Australian History Museum.

The centre builds on national networks with the State Library of NSW, the Professional Historians Association, the Irish Famine Memorial Committee, Society of Australian Genealogists, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian Policy and History Network, and the Dictionary of Sydney. We also have strong connections with a range of cultural and community organisations, including the History Council of NSW, which carries has links with international networks—including the Centres for Public History at Royal Holloway College London, the University of Hamburg, International Federation of Public History, Carleton University in Canada as well as the History and Policy network in the UK.

The research centre draws upon Macquarie University’s nationally and internationally recognised research and teaching strengths in the field of applied history. We focus on family history, digital history and e-research, cultural heritage, museums, oral history, consultancy work for charities and non-governmental organisations, policy, television, radio, community, regional and local history.

The centre is a hub for researchers working in public history. A mentoring program is key, pairing academics and HDR students with writers and researchers. The Centre will build on the excellent internship opportunities already available to MQ’s PACE and MRes students.

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