Meeting the challenge of bringing “history alive”

June 21, 2006

The challenge of bringing “history alive” at historic sites will be put into perspective at an evening talk at Port Arthur next month.

Visiting expert Professor Rhys Isaac will outline how big drawcards like re-enacting events can be particularly problematic when it comes to telling the story of demeaning human experiences.

He will draw on examples at colonial Williamsburg, a major historic site in Virginia, USA.

Prof Isaac is a Pulitzer Prize winner, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the College of William and Mary, and Research Associate of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

His talk will be presented at the Port Arthur Asylum on Wednesday 5 July at 5.30pm. All are welcome.