Citizen historians: curating A Thousand Words

History Week 2020

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Join Sydney Living Museums curators Dr Penny Stannard and Nerida Campbell as they discuss the concept behind the Museum of Sydney's current exhibition, A Thousand Words, which invites the public to interpret and find meaning in historical photographic images.

The exhibition presents 100 of the most compelling images from the collections of Sydney Living Museums and NSW State Archives, created between the 1880s and the 1980s.

Unlike a standard exhibition, the images are presented without traditional curatorial interpretation. Instead, the public have been invited to contribute responses – whether emotive, nostalgic or imaginative – and this ‘crowdsourced’ material translated into the exhibition design. 

Responding to the theme of History Week 2020, History: What is it good for?, Penny and Nerida will share the images that have most captured the public’s interest and explore how this approach has engaged and encouraged ‘citizen historians’. 


This talk is delivered online using the Zoom video conferencing platform. To participate, you will require a computer, tablet or mobile device with Zoom installed. Download the free Zoom software.

A Zoom link will be emailed to you on the day of the event approximately 2 hours before it starts. At the time of the talk, all you need to do is click on the Zoom link in the email and follow the prompts. 


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When & Where

Thursday 10 September 2020 6PM–7PM

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This is an official event of History Week 2020, supported by the History Council of NSW.