Back to the future
|Dr Ginn and David Israel|
The University of Queensland recently launched a new commercial entity - Histori|co - providing consultancy services in applied historical research for cultural heritage and environmental planning projects.
Drawing on the expertise of the University's Centre for Applied History and Heritage Studies (CAHHS) in the Faculty of Arts, Histori|co has been established through UQ's commercialisation arm, UniQuest, to provide specialist historical research and reporting.
CAHHS Director Dr Geoff Ginn said Histori|co clients included key heritage consultancies working for environmental firms, developers, government bodies and community groups.
"Drawing on industry links the Centre has developed over the past eight years, Histori|co will provide best practice historical services to a broad range of projects," Dr Ginn said.
"These include cultural heritage assessments, conservation management plans, community development research, cultural history interpretation, archaeological surveys and research for Native Title purposes."
As well as providing commercial consultancy services through Histori|co, CAHHS is involved in the development of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in applied history, graduate research supervision and the provision of resources for historical societies and community groups.
The Centre also aims to raise public awareness of applied history through publications and seminar programs.
"The Centre's mission since 1994 has been to advance the application of history to the needs of wider society, beyond the traditional fields of academic study and 'pure' research for publication," Dr Ginn said.
Histori|co was officially launched by the President of the National Trust of Queensland, Pat Comben, at a function at Customs House in May this year.
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