Living History Australia
Why book us?
“History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul”
A passion for history in all its myriad forms is what started the Living History Australia (LHA) journey in 1998. LHA owner, Dr Terry Fitzsimmons, together with a small, dedicated group of professional re-enactors saw an opportunity to be able to share their passion for history with Australian students in a unique, fun and educational fashion.
Understanding the legalities and requirements of entering Australian schools, working with children and adhering to the curriculum became the first issues that LHA encountered. So after much investigation, research and development accreditation with Education Queensland was sought. We are still the only fully accredited historical in-school program touring in Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian schools and we take great pride in this accomplishment.
Since those humble beginnings in 1998 LHA has continued to refine and develop its programs to keep up to date with the changing needs of teachers in Australian classrooms. Our staff are all highly skilled historical re-enactors with over 50 years collective experience. All LHA team members possess a considerable knowledge of overall history – that’s a given – but when we couple that with each presenter’s own particular fervour for a variety of historical time periods we end up with something really special.
LHA does not just bring a “show & tell” to your students we bring an interactive living history experience. Our aim is to include your students in an historical period, not just inform them about it. There are a plethora of studies and theories regarding the benefits of experiential learning and at Living History Australia we have found that children will absorb information like a sponge if it is presented to them in a way that involves them, so they are not just observing they are also experiencing. We believe that part of the philosophy of experiential learning is invoking feeling and what better way to inspire feeling than to place oneself within the framework of historical learning.
“Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand”
Many people throughout time have said that to understand ourselves we must understand our past. To understand our common humanity we must pinpoint our position on the timeline of human civilisation, we must “use historical knowledge as the compass to position ourselves on the map of human geography” (John Henrik Clarke). At LHA we aspire to kindle a passion for history and hence a thirst for knowledge in young Australians and encourage children to know their past, to know where they come from and understand the blood, sweat and tears that has gone into creating the world that they live in today.