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Making history in the 21st century

This course introduces students to the GLAM sector and historical research, equipping with the skills, context and critical ideas required to source archives in online environments and interrogate them before gaining a richer understanding of why they matter and how they can be used.

About this course

In this course you are going to learn about how to make history in the twenty-first century. The digital revolution has radically transformed what it means to ‘do history’ and these days you can travel — online — just about anywhere and anytime in the past! To help you with your adventures we are going to equip you with a working definition of ‘history’ and an expansive understanding of what an archive can be; where you can get them and why they matter. Along the way you are going to meet some fantastic historians, archivists and curators who will give you a better grasp of how to do historical research, whether this is for university study, postgraduate research, writing fiction, making a film, or doing anything creative. By the end of these modules you will know how to sleuth for sources and what to do with those treasures when you have them in your hot little hands!

Course structure

Module 1: What is history and what is an archive?

Module 2: How are archives made, collected and preserved


Learning outcomes

  • Gain industry knowledge from leading GLAM professionals;
  • Identify and interrogate a host of different archives
  • Conduct online searches in a host of different archival institutions
  • Think critically and creativity about history, archives and the past

Who is this course for?

This course is recommended for:

  • Historians
  • Archivists
  • Curators
  • Historical researchers
  • Authors
  • Filmmakers
  • Creatives
Free course


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Self paced

Meet the Expert

Dr Kiera Lindsey

Dr Kiera Lindsey
Australian Historian

Dr Kiera Lindsey is an award-winning historian who published her first speculative biography, The Convict’s Daughter, with leading trade publisher Allen & Unwin in 2016. Lindsey will publish her second speculative biography based on the colonial artist, Adelaide Ironside in 2021. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at University Technology Sydney (UTS), where she is based within The Australian Centre for Public History (ACPH). 

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