Kate Walsh Consulting

Kate Walsh can assist South Australian community museums, archives and historical societies and researchers in the following:

  • Historical interpretation of sites and collections
  • Exhibitions development (interpretive framework and ideas, not graphic design or construction)
  • The development and writing of museum and collection management policies and procedures
  • Grant applications critical review of museum exhibitions and general museum management
  • Strategic planning
  • Significance assessments of collections
  • Writing and editing for exhibitions and publications

Historically Speaking

Historically Speaking is a creative and innovative historical consulting and writing business established in 1995 by Karen George.

Historically Speaking offers high quality research, oral history and writing services and is committed to making history engaging and accessible to everyone.

As a member of the Professional Historians’ Association, Karen maintains high ethical standards and professionalism.

Geoff Speirs

I mainly work with museums on significance assessments, reviews of their operations or exhibition development. With exhibition development I would normally work with a designer and at times with multimedia specialists. I also undertake research and script writing and would like to embark on commissioned histories.

I was the first museum’s extension officer in South Australia, initially working at the South Australian Museum and then at the History Trust of South Australia. For three decades I have roved the State advising and guiding the many voluntary committees establishing around 200 community museums.

I was also the Project Director for the National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide for 3 years.

I am the author of ‘The History Shapers: South Australian History in 100 Objects‘, published by Axiom in 2016.

Bridget Jolley

I am a free-lance generalist historian. A former lecturer and tutor in western art and architectural history (Flinders University and University of Adelaide), and tutor in academic study skills for the Flinders Foundation Course, my social history research is catholic (Ug boots, agricultural settlement, beekeeping, explosives magazines and their work practices, for example).

From my work as a local government cultural development officer, I am able to develop community consultations, and facilitate/administer events and projects.

I am experienced in art and social history exhibition research, cataloguing, and mounting at a number of locations including:

  • The former Contemporary Art Society
  • Painting and paper-based exhibitions at Flinders University
  • Indigenous art and crafts at Salisbury
  • Maritime history at Penneshaw Museum
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Local history-in-photography at Prospect
  • Unley – assistance with several different object and image-based exhibitions, and curator of an architectural exhibition, 2012.

I have basic editing and graphic designing skills for posters and small publications, and copy editing experience for larger publications.

A list of my publications and other work can be accessed at the Australian Council of Professional Historians Associations Members’ work database and examples of my writing, at SA 175/Celebrating South Australia, Professional Historians (SA) web site.

Listening To The Past

Listening to the Past is the business and website of Dr Sally Stephenson who has worked professionally as an oral historian, researcher and writer for more than fifteen years.

Sally is an experienced oral historian (both audio-only and video oral history) across most subject areas, but with particular interests in science (all areas), technology and industrial history, medicine, defence, environment and conservation, biography, education, local and urban history, and the arts.

Sally has extensive experience using oral history in interpretive projects (multimedia productions, brochures, books, signage, museum displays, websites, audio installations) and in a range of heritage and urban renewal projects.  Examples of her work are on her website.

Sally has been a member of Oral History Australia SA/NT since 2005, and Treasurer since 2011.  She regularly runs advanced workshops for Oral History Australia SA/NT and gives presentations on oral history and its uses.

Kevin Jones

I offer consultancy services focused on community museums and historical societies.

  • I provide significance assessments and advice on all aspects of museum management from developing collections to engaging audiences.
  • I produce exhibitions and tours, deliver historical research and write for publications, films, and digital platforms.
  • I can deliver completed projects including exhibitions, tours or films. Alternatively, I can work with your staff or volunteers and lead you through the process to help develop skills within your museum.

My clients include community archives and local museums as well as national organisations such as the CSIRO and the Commonwealth Office of the Arts.

My consultancy services are based on a career delivering outcomes in museums and I focus on advice with practical application.

I spent 25 years working in state and national museums. I was Director of the South Australian Maritime Museum and a foundation curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. I was President of the Australian Maritime Museums Council and led that association in providing support for regional museums.
I produced national and international touring exhibitions including a series of exhibitions that toured regional Australia. My exhibitions have been the centrepiece of events including the Olympic Arts Festival and have won national awards. I have been honoured with the Republic of France’s award Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters) for services to the arts and cultural relations.

History Helper

History Helper is run by Benjamin Hollister who can offer a range of services to seasoned and beginner historical researchers, including:

  • Imaging Services
  • Large Format Printing
  • Event Management
  • Collection Management
  • Education, Training and Mentoring

Specialising in South Australian, Indigenous, German-Australian and German research.

Certified Professional with the Australian Library and Information Association. Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Family History Research, Digital Photo Restoration, Collection Management, Event Management, and German Document Translation.

Independent Heritage Consultants

Independent Heritage Consultants (IHC) specialises in providing independent and practical heritage advice.

The IHC team is based in South Australia and is comprised of experienced consultants who have been successfully delivering heritage projects locally and interstate for over ten years.

IHC is focused on providing tailored, practical heritage advice to assist clients manage their heritage requirements.

Sue Scheiffers

Former teacher with graduate diploma in community museum management, Sue is multi skilled in many areas, including experience in museum management and the development of educational materials. She has long been involved with the National Trust.