Coal River Working Party on location in 2009, in search of two carved trees from Barrallier's 1801 expedition up the Hunter Valley
Coal River Working Party on location in 2009, in search of two carved trees from Barrallier’s 1801 expedition up the Hunter Valley


The University of Newcastle’s Hunter Living Histories Initiative in collaboration with Cultural Collections (Auchmuty Library), the UON’s Innovation Team and the Faculty of Education and Arts are currently establishing Work Integrated Learning (WIL) facilities in the form of a GLAM⊗ Living Histories Digitisation Laboratory to enable placements, volunteers, cadets and interns from a range of disciplines across the University (and beyond) to attain real world experience and training in our Hunter Region’s region’s cultural heritage across 50,000 years.

The GLAMx lab incorporates an Artefact Conservation and 3D digitisation atelier, and Film Digitisation Lab. This facility will enable our University to provide Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and Aboriginal Education and Training Opportunities for its students and enable them to work in collaborative teams with professionals across the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) sector.

For example,  IT, design and visual communications students have helped with our logo design, newsletters, media releases, and transforming our extensive blog post content into a series of ebooks. e.g., see our Macquarie Pier Commemorative Booklet

We also need social media communication expertise to assist with our facebook, twitter and establish other platforms that we don’t know we need yet.

We need people with video and audio expertise to assist with creating podcasts, documenting archaeological site visits, meetings, presentations, and preparing oral histories, as well as be involved in the analog to digital transfer of NBN Television’s half a century of  Hunter Regional audio visual heritage.

Our 3D Time Machine Virtual Hunter Project needs students with architectural, natural history illustration, 3D gaming, design, rendering, visualisation, animation skills etc.

Since 2016, the gamification of the Charles 3D terrain model has begun with Tim Davidson and the team from Virtual Perspective see:

We need history students to assist with transcriptions of historical texts and analysis of archival primary sources, as well as assist other interns in cross disciplinary collaborations.

We are also very interested in establishing an Aboriginal Sites Documentation Team with Aboriginal students, elders, staff, working with students, under the guidance of professionals, in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, visual arts, conservation, photography, natural history illustration, surveying, 3D site digitisation in order to document local Aboriginal rock art and engraving sites. See the presentations from the Past Matters Workshop

We need creative and dramatic arts students to bring these stories to the wider community in a variety of events.

If you think you can help in any way, and would be interested in coming aboard as an intern please contact Dr Ann Hardy on (02) 49854594 or or Gionni Di Gravio on (02)49215819 to discuss becoming involved.

A listing of the current projects of the Hunter (Living) Histories Initiative are:

  • 3D Virtual Hunter Project  – see the work of Charles Martin
  • Aboriginal Sites Documentation Team – Past Matters Workshops – Callaghan & Ourimbah
  • ADFAS – School of Arts/Mechanics Institutes Project – see latest news here
  • Advocacy – Newcastle Post Office, King Edward Park
  • Architectural Histories, Student Support & Design Innovation Archive (DIA)
  • Birdwood Flag Restoration Project see the launch page here
  • Coal River Working Party
  • Drama & Creative Arts Performance  – see Where the Coal Meets the Sea (2008)
  • ePress Books
  • GLAM Peak Australia – accessible digital cultural heritage on a national level latest meeting summary here
  • Global Newcastle Project
  • Histories of Hunter Women Project
  • Hunter Heritage Network
  • Mapping Google Maps & Google Earth
  • National Trust Hunter Region
  • NEWYhistory App (formerly Newcastle WOW)
  • Oral & AV Histories Project see our UONCC Soundcloud
  • Radical Newcastle – see website
  • Wine Industry Hunter Valley History

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