The Project: History Extension Seminar Day 2020

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Key Information

Cost (GST free)
$20 (GST included)
Friday 6 November 2020
Full day (9am – 2pm)
Session Offered
Online program

In 2020 we will continue our successful collaboration with the State Library of NSW to bring you The Project, our annual full-day History Extension seminar focused on the History Project.

Please note that this year - because of COVID - the entire day will be delivered online.

However, we are still proud to be able to present a range of talks and workshops, delivered by practising historians, archaeologists and museum and library professionals, which offer students fresh insights into historiography.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity for your students to develop their research skills and gain invaluable advice, resources and inspiration as they embark on their own History Project.

Presented in partnership with the State Library of NSW

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Seminar Program



Janson Hews, Head of Experience and Learning, Sydney Living Museums 

Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian and Director, Engagement, State Library of New South Wales


Keynote speaker: Dr Stephen Gapps, Curator and historian 

Dr Stephen Gapps on the writing of history, with reference to the frontier wars and the position of his book The Sydney Wars.


Panel Discussion: Historians on the writing of The Project

Audience driven panel discussion with practising historians Dr Craig Barker, Dr Bruce Dennett and Dr Stephen Gapps, chaired by Dr Jennifer Lawless, on what it takes to produce an effective piece of writing based on historical research. 


Keynote Speaker: John Dallimore
The History Extension Project: Getting the job done

Practical advice and strategies to assist students in setting up and completing the History Extension project.


Workshop: Write like an historian

Workshop delivered by experienced History Extension teacher, Sally Johnstone, on developing the skills needed to write an excellent major work in History Extension.


Panel Discussion: Ex-students on the writing of The Project

Q&A with high-achieving former history extension students.

View a detailed seminar program [PDF]



Sydney Living Museums and the State Library of New South Wales are offering to subsidise a number of places at this event.

Who is eligible?

  • Schools requesting support must be secondary schools in NSW receiving Resource Allocation Model (RAM) funding with an FOEI of 100 or over.
  • This subsidy is applicable only for attendance by students currently enrolled in the History Extension course. Teachers are not eligible for the subsidy.
  • Priority will be given to schools that have not previously attended this event.

View full terms and conditions and information on how to apply [PDF


Bookings 2020

Registrations for this event will be managed by the State Library of NSW, through Eventbrite.

Registration for the event will open Monday 12 October at 8am.

To book, please visit 

For further information, contact State Library of New South Wales at or 02 9273 1778.


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