The editorial highlights the growing role of technology in improving access to research institutions and their archives.
Kirstie Ross profiles Sean Mallon and his work on a new Pacific Peoples exhibition at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Bronwyn Labrum sets out the content of this year’s Public History conference which aims to reflect on the variety of ways history is being made, received and debated in the public arena. Bronwyn Dalley also provides an overview of the current and future work of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s History Group.
PHANZA’s submission on the Births, Death, Marriages and Relationships Registration Amendment Bill 2007 is included in full, which details the association’s concern about restricted access to information. Malcolm McKinnon reports on a meeting of the Chief Archivist and historical researchers which followed on from concerns raised in the August 2006 issue of Phanzine. He also discusses PHANZA’s relationship with government departments.
Michael Kelly looks at heritage issues as well as a resolution put forth by American historians against United States of America (USA) government violations of civil liberties. Two British sources – records of slave trading and old telephone books – have been digitised and are now available online. Finally, the issue looks at the changes to customer service offered at the National Archives of the USA.
Read this issue: Phanzine May 2007