Webinar: How to Communicate the Value of History

Yallourn band rotunda, c.1920-30, H2009.18/195
Pictures Collection, State Library Victoria

Our historians discuss how to communicate the value of history, in a webinar recorded in History Week 2020.

About the Webinar

2020 has been a tumultuous and historic year of change. As we look to our future, how can history help guide the kind of cities and places we want to live in? What role does history play in shaping identity, attachment and understanding each other in our diverse communities?

Listen to the online panel discuss:

  • How to communicate the value of history to different audiences, such as developers and planners, local government and community; 
  • Practical examples of how history has improved the outcome of places in cities and regional Australia where layered connections to landscape, archaeology and Aboriginal history inform land use planning, environmental impacts, interpretation and design amidst fast paced development 

Helen Doyle, Moderator

Helen Doyle, Context Associate and historian, has over 20 years of experience in heritage. She has prepared a number of thematic histories and also published in the area of local history.

Leonie Masson, Panelist

Leonie Masson, GML Senior Heritage Consultant and Historian, has over 20 years’ experience. Léonie has extensive knowledge of documentary resources, local government records, local and state archives and national institutions.

Lara Tooby, Panelist

Lara Tooby, GML Heritage Consultant and Archaeologist, has skills in archaeological excavation, anthropological and historical research, archaeological assessments and interpretation.


Patrick Atkinson, Panelist

Patrick Atkinson, GML Heritage Consultant, has a background in heritage place management and history, with skills in archival research, heritage management, and conservation policy making.