Dr Ann Hardy
Living Histories Coordinator
University Library (History)
- Phone:(02) 49854594.
Ann Hardy is Historian, Living Histories Co-ordinator at the GLAMx Living histories Digitisation Lab in Cultural Collections, Auchmuty Library. She has a strong commitment to historical and archival research of the Hunter region, collaborating with communities and cultural groups to develop new knowledge. Her key research areas are Newcastle's 'Coal River', Australian 'asylums', health history, Indigenous histories, and interested in the association between cultural heritage and well-being.
- Co-ordinator of the University's Hunter (Living) Histories Initiative .
- Co-ordinator of the GLAMx Living Histories Digitisation Lab .
- In 2015 she was project historian for the Margaret Henry Oral History Project digitising several hundred oral histories from the Open Foundation Course (1986-1989). This project was funded by the Vera Deacon Regional History Fund.
- Researcher and Project lead of the NEWYhistory app - collaboration the University of Newcastle and the National Trust of Australia (NSW).
- Researcher and co-curator of the RAD Newcastle Exhibition at the Newcastle Museum (July- Sept 2017)
Ann continues her current research interests in the association of historical research, archival sources and new digital media, collaborating with other academics to write journal articles, book chapters and present at conferences.
Ann's doctural research investigates visual and written sources to interpret early Newcastle, NSW. Thesis titled “. . . here is an Asylum open . . .” Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801 – 2014 examines the Newcastle Government Domain (NGD) the site for Government House, convict administrative centre, military barracks, then Girl's Industrial School and Reformatory and finally as a 'lunatic asylum' and later psychiatric hospital. Research explores transition of the NGD from active health care campus to heritage site tracing and exploring contemporary issues in heritage, the role of interdisciplinary non-governmental organisations in heritage advocacy and the possibility of overtly recognising the positive benefits of heritage conservation for mental well-being at this and other sites. The diverse strands of my research are taken into new directions that are of importance for debates in the field of history and heritage and historical archaeology. She has an interest in the links between cultural heritage and well-being. Also see Newcastle Government Domain - Wordpress
Tutored in Australian History (2008-2011)
Co-ordinator of the University of Newcastle's Hunter Living Histories Initiative, a multi-disciplinary research and special interest group investigating history and cultural heritage of Newcastle, NSW. Members come from a variety of backgrounds including history, engineering, geology, surveying, archaeology, creative arts and education, as well as representatives from local Aboriginal community, various corporations and government departments to collaborate in research, projects and events.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
- Bachelor of Social Work, Charles Sturt University
- Graduate Diploma in Applied Heritage Studies, Curtin University of Technology
- Australian Asylum History
- Cultural Heritage
- Digital Humanities
- Heritage & Well-being
- History of Institutionalisation
- Newcastle History
- Object based learning
Fields of Research
|210202||Heritage and Cultural Conservation||30|
|210303||Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)||50|
|219999||History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified||20|
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/01/2013 -||Membership - Australian Association of Archivists||Australaian Association of Archivists
|1/01/2013 -||Membership - Professional Historians Association of NSW||Professional Historians Association of NSW
|1/01/2011 - 31/12/2013||Membership - National Trust of Australia (NSW)||National Trust of Australia (NSW)
|1/01/2008 -||Membership - Hunter Heritage Network||Hunter Heritage Network
Membership - University of Newcastleâs Hunter Living Histories Initiative
The University of Newcastle’s Hunter (Living) Histories Initiative (previously Coal River Working Party) is a historical research group formed in 2003 by then Dr (now Professor) Erik Eklund in the Dept of History. Mr. Doug Lithgow, President of the Parks and Playgrounds Movement Inc. approached the University with the proposal to form a team of academic researchers dedicated to the investigation of the early history of Newcastle, with a view to safeguarding the heritage fabric of Newcastle’s birthplace, the Coal River Heritage Precinct.
|University of Newcastle's Hunter (Living) Histories Initiative
Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/01/2016 - 1/01/2017||Membership- The Australian Historical Association||The Australian Historical Association
2014 Newcastle Volunteer Service Award - University of Newcastles Coal River Working Party
Newcastle Council Prize for Historical Research
Hunter Bonafide Award from Hunter Heritage Network
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Chapter (2 outputs)
Journal article (3 outputs)
Conference (8 outputs)
|2017||Hardy AV, di Gravio G, Martin C, Rigby R, Davidson T, 'Newcastle Time Machine Â¿ A multidisciplinary approach to digital cultural heritage', Newcastle Time Machine Â¿ A multidisciplinary approach to digital cultural heritage, Brisbane, QLD (2017)|
|2016||Hardy AV, di Gravio G, 'Talking Rings of contemporary archives, speaking history and social sound platforms', http://www.archivists.org.au/learning-publications/speakers/speaker-abstracts, Parramatta- NSW (2016)|
|2015||Hardy AV, di Gravio G, Robertson B, 'Indigenising the City: Embodying Aboriginal knowledge and wisdom into planning frameworks to create sustainable cities of the future', http://spacesandflows.com/, Chicago, USA (2015) [O1]|
|2015||Hardy AV, 'Australian Coal Mining industry (1797- 1820s): beginnings, history and the vanished industrial heritage of early Newcastle', From the Past to the Future: 18th Australian Engineering Heritage Conference 2015, Newcastle, NSW (2015) [E1]|
|2015||Hardy AV, 'Islands of the Insane Our Records, Perceptions and the Lost Voices from the Asylum', Hobart, Tasmania (2015) [E3]|
|2015||Hardy AV, di Gravio G, 'Turning the Smell of an Oily Rag into the Perfumed Garden of Memory', Hobart, Tasmania (2015) [E3]|
|2014||Hardy AV, 'Shared Heritage Care- Multi-disciplinary Approach in Cultural Heritage', http://www.umass.edu/chs/news/conference2014.html, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA (2014) [E3]|
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Creative Work (11 outputs)
|2017||Hardy AV, Shaw G, RAD Newcastle Exhibition - Newcastle & the Hunter through a Radical Lens, Newcastle Museum, NSW (2017)|
|2012||Hardy AV, Hardy V, Art of Ideas - National Trust Exhibition, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2012)|
|2012||Hardy AV, Henry M, National Trust Innovation and Invention in the Hunter Forum, Newcastle City Hall (2012)|
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Other (2 outputs)
|2017||Hardy A, Hardy AV, ''A little volcano slumberedÂ¿ - Union of Australian Women - Newcastle Branch for International WomenÂ¿s Day - 'Empower a Women -Empower a NationÂ¿', (2017) [O1]|
|2015||Hardy AV, 'Newcastle's Way Forward Radical change, or cultural uniqueness', Winter Edition May - July 2015 ( pp.4-5): The National Trust of Australia (New South Wales) (2015) [O1]|
Report (2 outputs)
|2009||Hardy AV, 'Coal River (Mulubinba) Cultural Landscape', University of Newcastle's Coal River Working Party (2009)|
|2008||Hardy AV, 'Newcastle Government House & Domain', University of Newcastle's Coal River Working Party (2008)|
Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)
|2014||Hardy AV, '. . . here is an Asylum open . . .' Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801 Â¿ 2014, University of Newcastle (2014)|
|2006||Hardy AV, Government House, Newcastle, New South Wales: A description of the Government House site from an analysis of historical maps and artworks from 1804 to 1885., Curtin University of Technology, WA (2006)|
Dr Ann Hardy
Living Histories Coordinator
Hunter (Living) Histories Initiative