St George lighthouse ruins.

St George lighthouse ruins.

‘Keeping places’: historic preservation and the politics of history-making in Australia

This project explores the use of historical narrative in the cultural politics of history-making in Australia through the lenses of historic preservation and interest in the historical landscape. Covering the period from the late nineteenth-century through to the beginning of the twenty-first century, it examines; how heritage and historic preservation have been key sites for colloquy and debate between groups who have sought to harness heritage and the historic landscape in support of competing visions of identity and memory; how sites have been displayed or ‘exhibited’; and how these various groups interact or ‘experience’ historic sites and buildings. The project is funded by an ANU College of Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Researcher: Kynan Gentry