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Practical Essentials Masterclass

  • Public Record Office Victoria 99 Shiel Street North Melbourne, VIC, 3051 Australia (map)

Practical Essentials for the Professional Historian

Date:        28 July 2018

Time:      9:15 am (for 9.30 am start) to 4.30 pm 

Venue:    Victorian Archives Centre (PROV), 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne

Cost:       $60.00 (includes lunch and morning and afternoon teas) 
                or $48 concession rate for regional members.

                A limited number of travel bursaries are also available on request. Please get
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This one day seminar will include many of the fundamentals needed for establishing yourself as a consulting historian

Subjects covered are:


PHA (Vic) president Alicia Cerreto will open proceedings and give a rundown of the many services and professional development opportunities available to PHA (Vic) members.

Completing a tender/proposal

You like the look of the job but are overwhelmed by the proposal document you’re required to submit – work through an example with Jill Barnard.

Managing finances

Learn the basics of negotiating a fee, complying with accounting procedures and tax requirements (such GST and BAS), superannuation and appropriate insurance with Sonia Jennings and Lesley Alves.

Project management

You’ve won the job but how do you manage it?  Katherine Sheedy and Lucy Bracey will talk you through drawing up a contract, liaising with a client, managing your time and other aspects of getting the job done.

Presentation skills

You’ve been shortlisted for a project and about to be interviewed – how do you prepare and present yourself/your skills/your business?  Alicia Cerreto will offer some valuable tools.

The end product

Your client is looking for guidance on the best end product for the history you’ve written – Sophie Church and Liz Rushen will discuss the ins and outs of publishing/self-publishing, editing and design.


You have the skills and experience but how do you promote yourself as a professional historian?  Jo Clyne will bring insights into the world of social media and networking.


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