Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The course offers students the opportunity to combine historical research with hands-on digital history making practices. The international history of the gallery, library, archive and museum (GLAM) sectors will be traced from the late 17th century to the present day. A close study of the GLAM sector in Australia including its legislative bases will be made. Parallel to this theoretical stream will be a series of digital history making practice workshops in conjunction with the UoN GLAMx Lab, providing students with basic training in research, interpretation, presentation skills and techniques.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Summarise the history of the gallery, library, archive and museum (GLAM) sectors;

2. Analyse essential texts on recent digital history making practices;

3. Apply digital history making practices to a range of potential outputs relevant to the GLAM sector;

4. Practice research and information technology skills appropriate to studies of history.


The course will trace the history of the gallery, library, archive and museum (GLAM) sectors, with special attention to their Australian context and development. It then provides opportunities for students to create digital content for public audiences. Specific topics covered include:

  • The history of the GLAM sector
  • GLAM sector legislation in relation to tourism, national parks, and indigenous heritage
  • Archival methods and practices
  • Digital history practices for GLAM sector audiences
  • Historiographical practices relevant to the GLAM sectors


This course replaces HIST3051. If you have successfully completed HIST3051 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

20 units of History at 1000-level

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Exhibit review (20%)

Proposal / Plan: Exhibit proposal (40%)

Professional Task: Exhibit mock up (20%)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial exercises (20%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 2

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.