This week came the disappointing news that the participation in Maths by girls in their final year of school in New South Wales is declining significantly. In 2001, the first year when students were no longer required to study a Maths or science subject in year twelve in order to qualify for university entrance, 90.5% of girls studied Maths whereas 96.9% of boys did. The … [Read more...] about Quietly Pushing Barriers Aside
Galleries, libraries, archives and museums are known as the GLAM institutions. I spend a lot of time in these places doing research, but I also enjoy visiting exhibitions and taking behind the scenes tours. When I travel I try to squeeze in an exhibition or two. Unfortunately I find that I often don't have much time to do this so I either miss out or I have to cram as much as … [Read more...] about GLAMming it Up – Two Days in Melbourne
While the goals of a historian and those working on family history at times are quite different there is a considerable overlap. I have found family historians very helpful while I have been researching the history of teaching reading. Over the last few days I was reminded again about how complementary the two pursuits are. I'm sorting through the archives of a local … [Read more...] about Of Recalcitrant Staples, Paper Clips and Mould Mould Mould!
Many people engage in historical research - family historians, local historians, authors, academic historians etc. For all of us, the opportunities for visiting an archive can be fleeting and the cost in terms of time, travel, accommodation etc can be high. Thorough preparation for a trip to the archives is the foundation for a fruitful day fossicking through historical … [Read more...] about Equipping Myself for a Day in the Archives