Elizabeth Ward


I am work for the Marlborough District Council, managing their heritage unit. I have wide experience in both research and teaching history. I specialise in New Zealand social and political history, with a particular emphasis on the first half of the 20th century. I have wide experience in self-directed research projects.

I have experience in rural history, education history and the history of childhood. My maters thesis was on an Anglican run children’s home which gave me experience with institutional histories and religious history.

I have also worked on projects around the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories curriculum and have a good knowledge of the curriculum and wider issues around historical consciousness.

I enjoy projects which involve a both research and writing, although I have worked on research projects that have outputs that include photographic displays, booklets and newspaper articles. I am also available for speaking engagements. Some places I have spoken include local history events and U3A.

I also work in the area of oral history and I am available for projects of this nature.


  • Compiling bibliographies
  • Editing
  • Oral history
  • Policy advice
  • Project management
  • Public speaking


  • Agriculture
  • Biography
  • Childhood
  • Education
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Government administration
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Museums
  • Politics
  • Regional
  • Religion