Telling our stories and ensuring their availability for the greatest number of citizens and our visitors has been a hallmark of The History Trust of South Australia’s mission for almost 40 years and now their collections are more accessible to audiences across South Australia, Australia and the world, with the delivery of content across multiple digital channels, encouraging people to: learn, see, hear, read, participate and connect with history.
The History Trust of South Australia’s collections are now more accessible to audiences across South Australia, Australia and the world, with the delivery of content on their website and across its social media channels.
History Trust of South Australia CEO Greg Mackie OAM said they have been developing and sharing digital content from the State History Collection for many years.
“Like many cultural and educational institutions, we are constantly adapting to changing circumstances – but we are doing so from a firm foundation,” Mackie said.
Mackie said The History Trust is encouraging people to learn, see, hear, read, participate and connect.
“We have been sharing South Australia’s stories for close to 40 years and we are still open for business,” Mackie said.
“We are just pivoting very quickly to deliver online, creating many exciting opportunities to look afresh at how people engage with South Australia’s history and its many stories in innovative new ways.”
You can explore The History Trust of South Australia’s offerings:
Learn: Teachers, students and parents can explore shared history, collections and curator knowledge as new digital storytelling programs, resources and behind the scenes programs are being developed. Highlights of current resources include The Maritime Museum’s ‘Bound for South Australia’ a digital journey of the nine ships that sailed from Britain to Australia. The Centre of Democracy’s digital collections include the Suffrage Petition of 1894 and Don Dunstan’s famous pink shorts.
See: Our history includes a tour by Keith Conlon of the architecture of Edmund Wright; exploring the migrant hostels of the post-war years; online exhibitions from The National Motor Museum including Australian Motorsports and Racing Cars, or even explore the first voyages for Matthew Flinders and Nicholas Baudin.
Hear: Highlights include the monthly Talking History series, a series of public lectures, about different aspects of South Australian history, being delivered entirely via podcast. Learn about South Australia’s rich history by leading speakers from various disciplines, including history, archaeology, architecture and community research. There is also Lainie Anderson’s Epic Flight Centenary, a virtual tour of Adelaide with Ashley Walsh and a tour of the British Library digital collections with Mahendra Mahey of British Library Labs.
Read: Flip through virtual archives or the latest takes on people and events of the past. Explore the South Australian History Network. With the History Festival cancelled this year you can still review previous years’ programs. History buffs can also take a look behind the scenes as our curators share their thoughts on museums, heritage research, and brave experiments!
Participate: History isn’t a spectator sport – The History Trust of South Australia wants participation. Their recently launched Stitch & Resist is a participatory craftivism project hosted by The Centre of Democracy and is open to anyone interested in creating a hand-stitched piece about any political, social, cultural or environmental issue or cause they are passionate about. The works created will be documented in a digital gallery, and in time this will itself become an important resource that speaks to posterity of this time in world history. To get involved people just need to sign up and submit work through: https://stitchandresist.com.