On the afternoon of 17 November, 50 people from Adelaide and beyond gathered in the Memorial Hall at Torrens Parade Ground. From a wide range of organisations, what drew them together was the opportunity to learn more about presenting a successful history festival event.
Chris Fanning, who teaches in Tourism at Flinders University, got off to an intriguing start by handing out chocolates – and asking people to hold on to them until she gave the word. After an informative and interesting talk about the principles of tour guiding she demonstrated that people really do remember best when they are engaged and using more than one sense by asking us to eat them!
Dieuwke Jessop, Local History Officer at the City of Holdfast Bay shared with the group the benefits of being an event organiser since the 2004 beginnings of SA History Week. Her talk included lots of practical tips and event ideas.
History SA’s Community History Officer, Pauline Cockrill then spoke about how to get the message across in displays – using a range of simple and affordable techniques. Some of the ideas included in her presentation were wonderfully lateral, and certainly got people talking. There were refreshments before and during the afternoon, to keep up energy levels and allow plenty of opportunity for people to get to know each other – and to swap stories and ideas.
About Time Team Mandy Paul and Karen Blackwood closed the workshop by reminding people that registrations are now open, that they close on 3 February 2012 - and asking people to register early here