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    Historian @ Work is the website and blog of Jen Griffiths, Historian, heritage consultant and educator.

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Times Change

This poor blog has been neglected for a few years now. Unfortunately (and to my continuing disappointment) I had to leave history work and return to high school teaching. I do enjoy teaching (mostly) but it isn’t my passion and the thought of researching, writing and talking about history is what really thrills me. As … Continue reading

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Popup Museum – Part Two

If you’ve either been around this parts for awhile (in which case I’m sure you’re shocked *I’m* still around these parts) or have perused the…ahem…back catalogue (as it were), you’ll know that just over a year ago I wrote a post about the idea I came back from the Museums Australia National Conference in Melbourne … Continue reading

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My Daguerreotype Boyfriend

Nothing like some completely different to snap me into returning to blogging. I just came across this tumblr (note to self: learn more about how people are using Tumblr these days). My first reaction was ‘No…what?!’ then I had a bit of a browse and the whole idea has grown on me. It is, as they … Continue reading

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WA’s State Cultural Heritage Policy

Wow. I’ve been away from this blog for a month. I’m teaching at UWA this semester and it seems to have taken over my life. Normal programming should resume shortly. In the meantime, I’ve just become aware that the WA State Government has released its first ever State Cultural Heritage Policy. NSW has had one since … Continue reading


Femme Fatale and The Female Criminal

When I worked on the Bunyip to Beautiful exhibition for Museums Australia (WA) last year at uni, we spent a lot of time discussing, revising, deliberating, even arguing about how to write the text for the panels. We were concerned with the tension between fact and opinion, being objective but creating atmosphere, being educational but … Continue reading


Apps in museums

One of the things I love about ‘new media’ (call it what you like) is that it is so collaborative. Ideas are tested, tried out and built upon. If someone doesn’t like how something is done, they can change it; try something else. It frustrates me when people stand around complaining about all the things … Continue reading


Museum as experience

The Geffrye Museum, just down the road from where I was staying in London, is by far the best small museum I’ve seen for a long time. Housed in the Geffrye Ironmongers’ Almshouses, it traces the history of ‘the home’ from the 1990s back 400-odd years. Through a series of Period Rooms, the ways the … Continue reading

Part of the suffragette exhibition at the People's History Museum

International Women’s Day

In fact, today is the centenary of International Women’s Day, which is going to make my day all day, even though most people won’t even know about it. In celebration of this I thought I’d talk a bit about the excellent exhibitions I saw in the UK about the suffragette movement. First let me say … Continue reading


Please Touch

It is no secret that my favourite museum in London is the V&A. I know it is a biggie and very important and I’m all about the small and good (and I’ve found a best of in that category this trip but that’s the next post!), but the V&A has my heart for its design, … Continue reading


France’s Monuments in Film

When we went to visit the la Conciergerie I came across the best temporary exhibition I’ve seen so far: Monuments, Stars du 7E Art (Monuments, the stars of the 7th art – ie, film). The look and feel of the exhibition, the reach and breadth of the information and the way the space (a huge cavernous ancient … Continue reading


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