Have you ever come across information in a history that has no source? Or tried to trace a footnote only to find it either doesn’t exist, or makes no reference to the information? Or found a citation that was garbled or so abbreviated it was meaningless? Had trouble distinguishing between information and interpretation? In this age of ‘fake news’, this session will provide some clues to identifying or avoiding ‘fake history’ and help you remain sane and able to trust the historians’ craft.
Bruce Baskerville is a member of the RAHS Council, and works as an Independent Public Historian. He has recently completed a PhD thesis at the University of Sydney, and issues about the reliability and veracity of sources were a constant companion during his studies.
Date and Time: Thursday 17 August 11:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: RAHS/WEA Members $32; Non-Members $35 (lunch provided)
Bookings through WEA online https://www.weasydney.com.au/course/WTGSNE or call 02 9264-2781