Young Historians Workshop 2010

Archives, libraries and museums around the world play an important role in preserving their society's historic record. At the opening of the Library of Alexandria in 2003 Umberto Eco said, "libraries help us remember what we have forgotten and what we do not yet know."

This week on 19 and 20 July a two day workshop jointly conducted by Heritage Collections and Reference Services was held at the State Library of Queensland. The workshop was sponsored by the State Library and the Queensland HistoryTeachers Association.

Ten history students from grades 11 and 12 travelled to the State Library from diverse locations including Clermont, Kingaroy, Bundaberg, Coomera, Caboolture and Brisbane.

Sandra Duffield, Executive Manager of Reference Services at the State Library, welcomes the students to the workshop.

Feedback from the students was overwhelmingly positive. They were all amazed by the amount of history resources relating to the ancient and modern world that they could access at the State Library and via the SLQ website, including images and the range of full-text databases accessable with their e-services card.

Participants singled out the White Gloves experience on day 2 as one of the highlights. Items on display included Queensland's historic manuscripts, photographs, and rare publications from the John Oxley Library as well as antiquities from the History and Art of the Book collection including Roman and cuneiform tablets and Egyptian papyrus.

What a pleasure it was to be involved in this workshop. It was great meet such a brilliant group of students with a passion for history and to introduce them to wonderful collections that we have the privilege of working with, and learning from, here at the State Library of Queensland.

Simon Farley

Manager, Client Services - Heritage Collections


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It was such a privilege to be selected to attend this workshop in 2010. Living in a small rural town of Clermont, this experience has certainly introduced me to a wide range of sources and databases. With the assistance of my e-service card, I can access more information to help me in my tertiary studies in Townsville. I would like to say thank you every much :)

Hi Brady, it was great to have you here. We're really pleased that you got a lot out of the experience.We ran the Young Historians Workshop again this was great again.Good luck with your studies in history and keep using our resources. It is just brilliant to hear they are useful for you.

Thanks Brady,We enjoyed having everyone here and I am so pleased you are finding our resources useful in your uni studies.I recently ran into your old history teacher who said you were doing well.We will be running the history camp again next year as the past two have been so successul.Don't forget to drop in and say hi when you visit Brisbane.I know you will do well in your studies!Linda