Professional historians are trained in researching and presenting history in a variety of formats. They work in museums, government departments, universities, schools, private firms (usually in the heritage sector) and as freelance writers.
Professional historians can be engaged to research and write about history. The topic or focus of this work can include anything from community and company histories to heritage, oral history projects and exhibitions. The results of this research can then be published in a variety of formats such as a book, information pamphlet, exhibition and website.
Historians are trained in historical methods of research, which include archival research and oral history interview. They also bring a depth of knowledge about the past to bear on their subject and are skilled at drawing together competing facts and viewpoints to present coherent narratives.
All professional historians have a minimum of a Bachelors degree in history at honours level and one year full time professional experience. Many professional historians have masters or doctorates in history.
If you wish to hire an historian the PHA NSW & ACT can include a short advertisement in our employment bulletin for members. Please contact the Secretary for more information.
Professionally accredited historians must have a minimum of a honours degree or equivalent in history in a related discipline. More information about how to become a professional historian is on the Professional Historians Australia website.