A historical first workshop

Community groups and local organisations came together recently to discuss engaging the wider community in the city’s history.

Whyalla Public Library welcomed History SA to present a free workshop on providing family-friendly history events and how Whyalla could be involved in the SA history festival.

City librarian Catherine McIntyre said the workshop provided a valuable opportunity to meet people, bring them together and network.

“It was a terrific opportunity to learn firsthand how History SA could assist our local organisations by sharing their knowledge, expertise and connections, as well as providing a chance to facilitate community networking amongst ourselves,” Ms McIntyre said.

“From a library perspective, we are looking forward to assisting these groups with spaces, display areas and resources when as an outcome of this new relationship, they subsequently create their own events and hopefully register for next year’s National History Month.”

Thanks to SA Power Networks coming on board as a regional sponsor, History SA was able to offer regional workshops for the first time.

History SA community engagement senior curator Allison Russell said two workshops were held in Whyalla – one for teachers and one for community stakeholders.

Ms Russell said it was anticipated the workshop would help encourage Whyalla organisations to be a part of the SA history festival, which happens each year in May.

“We’d love to have some content from Whyalla but if it doesn’t happen next year, that’s fine people know a bit more about us and hopefully they’ve had a chance to make some connections,” Ms Russell said.

This year’s SA History Festival featured about 500 events presented by about 300 organisers with registrations for next year’s event open now until early February.

“Hopefully if people are feeling inspired, they can leave here, go back to their organisations and get this brilliant idea and register it,” Ms Russell said.