Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Sense of Place Conference

This conference will take place at the State Library of NSW, Sydney on the 6th of March 2011. They are calling  for 30 minute papers, particularly from New Zealanders about local study collections and initiatives.

It is about encouraging local communities to be engaged with local history and develop a sense of identity and the ways it might be done better.

This blog is my contribution.  We do need to foster our sense of history better here in New Zealand. The political initiative during the past 15 years has been to engage school children and public servants with the Treaty of Waitangi. This has been done well in some areas and very poorly in others.

But its also had the effect of '"switching off'" minds to other areas of our history as people gasped under the deluge of politically correct speech and written works. So in a lot of minds, history is garbage now.

Thanks to Infolass via twitter for this link.


  1. Hi, I just came across your post. I am contacting you from Ireland, we are a community organisation who has just started a Sense of Place project. The project is a pilot project and is funded by Interreg Europe. We are doing two main things...
    1. Piloting a postgraduate certificate (online media) in Sense of Place
    2. Developing a tool for communities to identify their sense of place and assets with a view to identifying potential tourism social/ community enterprises.
    I would love to know more about your conference...although unfortunately i won't be able to attend!!
    many thanks,