The Australian Centre for Public History (ACPH) is a critical hub for public history in Australia. We provide a hub for history at UTS and through our research and activities, we seek to promote the practice and understanding of public history within academia and the broader community.
Our activities include maintaining and developing national and international public history networks, hosting History Central seminars, running Masterclasses and conferences, and taking history into broad public audiences. In conjunction with 2SER we also run the GLAMcity and HistoryLab podcasts.
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History Central Seminars
The ACPH provides a home to a series of centralised history seminars, organised in collaboration with other institutions in the greater Sydney region and open to all who wish to attend.
For more information visit History Central seminars.
Our research program is situated at the intersection of popular, professional and academic histories. It includes collaborative research and commissioned projects that cluster around five research 'nodes':
- Digital histories: digital methods and platforms for historical engagement
- Leader: Alana Piper
- Creative histories: history-making outside the academy
- Leader: Kiera Lindsey
- Design Histories:
- Leader: Jesse Adams Stein
- Memory and Historical Consciousness: the ways history is remembered and understood professionally and day-to-day.
- Leader: Anna Clark
- Temporal and Spatial Boundaries: historical discourses of nations and national identity
- Leader: Devleena Ghosh
The ACPH also hosts UTS HistoryLab - a space for historians and cultural institutions to experiment with ways of using digital technology to analyse and tell stories about the past. The various projects it showcases are collaborations between UTS academics and a variety of researchers and partner organisations.
ACPH research attracts a wide range of funding, including ARC Future Fellowships, ARC Discovery, the Libraries Association of Australia and the NSW Heritage Office. The Centre is also the home of the refereed electronic journal Public History Review and a partner in the landmark Dictionary of Sydney.