Public speaking

Stephen Clarke

Posted on September 21 2021

A History graduate of the University of Otago (BA Hons, MA) and the University of New South Wales (PhD), I am a professional historian, founder and managing director of Making History Ltd. After working as a historian at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and a fifteen-year career with charities in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, I founded

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Randolph Hollingsworth

Posted on September 21 2021

Independent Scholar, working on a place-based and cross-cultural history of the 1885 tour of New Zealand by Mary Clement Leavitt, world missionary for the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (see work in progress at hollingsworth.wordpress.com). Women’s history offers an interesting lens by which to view mainstream narratives, and critical inquiry provides new insights into our everyday stories of news and community-based

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Philippa Werry

Posted on September 21 2021

I grew up in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and New Plymouth, and studied English and Greek at the University of Auckland, graduating with an MA in Middle English. Later I worked at the Parliamentary Library, and as a law librarian in Wellington and London. I now live in Wellington. I write fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry, primarily for children and young

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Paul Diamond

Posted on September 21 2021

Paul Diamond (Ngāti Hauā, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) is Curator, Māori at the Alexander Turnbull Library. He is the author of A Fire in Your Belly: Māori leaders speak (Huia, 2003), Makereti: Taking Māori to the world (Random House, 2007) and Savaged to Suit: Māori and cartooning in New Zealand (Fraser Books, 2018). He has previously worked as an oral historian

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Michelle Smith

Posted on September 21 2021

Having completed a BA (History and Education) in 1999 and a BA Honours (History) in 2005, at the University of Auckland, and worked in the disability sector for a number of years, I went back to university on a doctoral scholarship. In 2009, I completed my PhD, ‘Assessing Gender in the Construction of Scottish Identity c.1286-c.1586’, which was conferred in

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Kathleen Isabel Stringer

Posted on September 21 2021

I have worked for over thirty years in the GLAM sector as both an archivist and museum curator. I have a passion for history and for sharing my knowledge with others. Having completed my MA, where I looked at social aid I am now working on my doctorate, fun times! Presently I am involved with assisting schools in formulating and

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Karin Speedy

Posted on September 21 2021

As a historian, researcher, writer, literary scholar, linguist and translator, my work focuses on the tensions at the intersections (both geographical and textual) of contact between Indigenous and settler populations in the colonial and postcolonial Francophone and Anglophone worlds. I am especially interested in creolisation and anti-colonial resistance and my writing reflects critically on trans-imperial networks, horizontal mobilities, slavery and forced

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Julia Bradshaw

Posted on September 21 2021

Currently Senior Curator Human History at Canterbury Museum, Julia Bradshaw has worked in Museums for about 27 years. Julia has a background in South Island history and has a special interest in New Zealand’s gold-rushes, Chinese, women and remote places and she has had five books published on these topics. She is currently researching European use of pounamu, Chinese-European marriages

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Jane Vial

Posted on September 21 2021

MA (distinction), Dip Arts, BA Director Art & Heritage Services – art historian, curator, lecturer and writer. RECENT PUBLICATIONS In Plain Sight: Margaret Frankel, the overlooked foundation artist of The Group, Bulletin, no 205 (2021) Christchurch Art Gallery, https://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/bulletin/205/in-plain-sight Elizabeth Lissaman: New Zealand’s Pioneer Studio Potter, Rim Books (2019). Commissioned by Marlborough Museum. LECTURER Art in the Great Outdoors –

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Helen Leggatt

Posted on September 21 2021

I am a second-year PhD candidate (UC Scholarship) in History at the University of Canterbury. My research interests include nineteenth- and early twentieth-century deathways with a focus on the British colonies, transnational histories, and history from ‘the bottom up’. My PhD thesis explores the introduction of modern cremation to New Zealand (1874-1946) with a focus on the technology’s reception and

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David Verran

Posted on September 21 2021

I volunteer at Devonport and Birkenhead Museums, as well as Auckland Council Archives, and am on the committee at Devonport Museum and North Shore Historical Society. I was formerly a librarian from 1975 to 2017 and graduated with MA Hons in history from the University of Auckland in 1974. I also write a monthly local history column for ‘Channel’ magazine

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Ann McEwan

Posted on September 21 2021

I am an experienced heritage consultant with a nation-wide practice that specialises in cultural heritage identification, assessment and policy advice. With a PhD in art and architectural history from the University of Canterbury, I lectured at the University of Waikato for ten years before establishing Heritage Consultancy Services in 2006. My work ranges from large-scale district plan review inputs for

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André Taber

Posted on September 21 2021

I am currently working on a project to research and document the history of Chinese restaurants and takeaways in New Zealand, funded by the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust. I have experience as a tour guide and in researching, planning, writing and building self-guided walking tour apps.

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Alison Breese

Posted on September 21 2021

Alison is a Heritage Assessment Advisor for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and historian for the company Museograph. She has had over 20 years’ experience in archives and research and recently completed the first digital Masters of History at University of Otago in 2020. She has held the portfolio for website and social media on the National Council of Archives

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Monica Webb

Posted on September 10 2021

I completed my MA in History (Distinction) at Massey University with my thesis on the life of Lady Anna Stout and I am currently preparing the manuscript for the full-length biography of Lady Stout. I have taught and tutored New Zealand history courses at Massey University and presented papers at numerous conferences. My paper entitled A Colonial for the Cause

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