Monday, 28 February 2011

RHSV lecture - Churchill Fellowship report

Date: 8 March 2011
Address: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Time: Coffee/Tea 5.15pm Lecture 5.45pm
Price: Members free. Non members $5.50

For six weeks last year Kate Prinsley had the privilege of undertaking a Churchill Fellowship in the USA and UK investigating the sustainability of local history within communities. Her journey became an examination of the differences between big and small government leadership in history; of "self funded" programs to those supported by National Heritage Lottery Fund money and Renaissance programmes; to observations about what makes small voluntary historical societies tick. Side interests included looking at programs such as those at the City of New York Museum that brings to the forefront engagement with local history, the county historian program, and looking at local history walks from community activism to partnerships with tour operators.

The whirlwind trip was both inspiring and thought provoking with the greatest pleasure coming from the many museum professionals that she met who would begin their greeting with "we look to Australia – you do things well".

Kate Prinsley has been the Executive Officer of the RHSV for the past six years. She was the first director of the Florence Nightingale Museum in London where she won the London Tourist Board's top award for marketing; and an English Tourism Award. Kate enjoys working with historical societies and volunteers as we all share a passion for history, working with collections and working within our communities.