About

This website is maintained by the History Trust's two community history officers and other Community Engagement staff.

Community Engagement 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 Open House Adelaide play a significant role in engaging South Australians with their histories. Community Engagement delivers a range of historical programs and training workshops aimed at museum and history practitioners, interest groups, schools and families.

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 the History Trust'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.