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Local history centres in Tasmania: citizenship hubs of vitality


Johnston, R and McManamey, R, Local history centres in Tasmania: citizenship hubs of vitality, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 6, (1) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1835-2014 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.18848/1835-2014/cgp/v06i01/44407


In terms of their wider civic role as praxis, small regional and rural cultural institutions tend to feature less prominently than large national urban institutions. This paper explores the citizenship contribution and future role of local history centres in the Australian state of Tasmania as informal sites of education and contributors to community engagement. The qualitative study on which the paper is based investigated two rural/regional Tasmanian history centres through a multi-layered research process. Data analysis allowed for many layers and dimensions of meaning and significance. Data were analysed using thematic coding, along with a constructivist approach to Grounded Theory. Findings indicated each of the centres had varied and extensive roles in building community participation and cohesion. Members and volunteers were involved in a citizenship of participation as well as civic engagement, as is valued in Australia school curricula. Notably, community contributions were multidimensional. Networks within the locality and at a distance were fostered to sustain and encourage community engagement based on a groundswell of interest in the past as a means of building future ties and practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:visitors, museums, rural and regional, volunteers
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Heritage, archive and museum studies
Research Field:Critical heritage, museum and archive studies
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Johnston, R (Dr Robbie Johnston)
UTAS Author:McManamey, R (Dr Rosa McManamey)
ID Code:86736
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-10-16
Last Modified:2014-04-30

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