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Essentials for the Professional Historian

  • Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre 195 Bank Street South Melbourne, VIC, 3205 Australia (map)

Essentials for the consulting historian: what are the things to consider when establishing and operating your own professional history consultancy? How can you get started? What are some of the pros? What should you watch out for? PHA (Vic) members Helen Penrose (History Smiths) and Katherine Sheedy (Way Back When) both successful consulting historians offer advice, ideas and lead a discussion based on their own experiences.

The session will begin at 6:30pm, with food and drinks from 6pm.

Members $3 / $5 (with pizza
Non-members $6 / $10 (with pizza)

Please RSVP to (and please indicate if you are having pizza).


Katherine Sheedy (along with her business partner Sarah Rood) started Way Back When Consulting Historians in 2003, embarking on a journey as small business owners as well as professional historians. Katherine will use her experience to share some of the critical aspects of small business that need to be considered when running a history consultancy, such as business planning and logistics, building your brand, project and resource management, approach to tendering and costing, and the importance of continuing professional development.

Helen Penrose has a Masters degree in History from the University of Melbourne, and is a member and past president of PHA (Vic). HistorySmiths, of which Helen was a founding director in 1994, provides research, writing and editing services. Working as a historian for 24 years, she believes strongly in the role professional historians have in collaborating with organisations to tell their stories. Helen will underline some the essentials for the consulting historian she learned on the job during her involvement in 20 commissioned history projects.


Earlier Event: August 19
2016 Annual Dinner and AGM
Later Event: November 8
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