This website is maintained by History SA's community history officers and other staff in Community History Programs.
Community History Programs supports and promotes South Australia's history through public programs, grant funds, and the Community Museums Program. Established and popular community events including the About Time history festival and the State History Conference play a significant role in engaging South Australians with their histories. Community History Programs also manages part of the State History Collection, the library and resource centre, and the South Australian Government Glass Negatives Collection.
The specific role of the community history officers is to provide advice and practical skills training in history practice, museum management and collections management to South Australia's network of historical organisations, community museums and history practitioners. Community history officers also develop projects that actively engage museums and historical organisations in particular aspects of South Australian history. The community history officers can help you with:
- developing historical displays
- preventive conservation
- developing historical projects
- setting up and managing collections
- significance assessment
- writing history and display text
- development of collection policies and procedures
- strategic planning
- digitisation and oral history projects
- using the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries
Community history officers also administer History SA's two annual grant funds and work with eligible organisations to enable them to achieve registration or accreditation status in the Community Museums Program.
Skills workshops are offered on a regular basis and community history officers are available to visit museums and other collecting organisations to provide advice and assistance on an as needs basis.