Local History Local Hearts project

Local History Local Hearts brought the expertise and resources of Griffith University, the State Library of Queensland and Logan West Public Library to Park Ridge High School and its local communities. The project was funded by Q150 with in-kind support from these institutions.

Report in the Jimboomba Times

History students from years 11 and 12 recorded local histories and heritage and worked with their community to build a sense of local awareness and understanding and to create a valuable website resource of digital stories. The project provided students with experiences of working with university and library professionals, developing historical research and digital story production skills and gaining insights into tertiary study, knowledge-production and the experience of life-long learning.

Students followed a program developed by their teachers in consultation with the historian. This included an introduction to oral history research, the local library, a tour of local history sites and visits to the State Library to learn about  its collections and to attend digital story-telling workshops.

The students’ digital stories and related essays will be assessed as part of their curriculum assessment requirements. Several will be selected to go on the State Library Q150 digital stories site.

The project was directed by historian Professor Anna Haebich with inspirational teachers Sandra Malmstedt and Theo Christensen and digit story telling experts Gavin Bannerman and David Crane.

Other schools interested in the project should write in to this blog.


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What a wonderful sounding project. It covers so many bases. Looking forward to seeing some of the results.