Changing perspectives in history: a national challenge
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is proud to announce the winner of our special category – ‘Democracy’ in the 2015 National History Challenge, Lauren Park from Pymble Ladies’ College.
The National History Challenge gives students the opportunity to be historians, to research, question, analyse and write. Students delve into primary sources to create an original essay, or museum exhibit that presents their research in a compelling manner.
In 2015 the theme was ‘Leadership or Legacy of Democracy’ and participants took seriously the task of analysing the individuals, events and decisions of the past. Students considered how a historical event or figure created a lasting legacy, and the legacy of leadership shown by organisations or individuals.
All year level and special category winners in the National History Challenge are awarded monetary prizes and a trip to Canberra to visit cultural institutions, including the Museum of Australian Democracy. They also receive their awards at an official ceremony at Australian Parliament House.
Daryl Karp, Director of the Museum presented Lauren with her award and the state and territory winners were presented their awards by the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills. The Young Historian of the Year, Ineka Voigt is a local student from Canberra High School. She created a presentation and paper on Australian artist Nora Heysen.
The museum is a sponsor of the National History Challenge in 2016. The new theme which was announced by the Minister during his speech is ‘Triumph or Tragedy in Democracy’.
Entries are not limited to Australian or political figures. The museum encourages creative responses that explore the triumph or tragedy of any event, figure or organisation that has influenced democracy locally, nationally, regionally, or globally. This topic provides opportunities for students to research and interrogate democracy, investigating individuals, events and/or documents. Ideas and resources are available from our 2016 National History Challenge website.
Entries are now open for 2016 and will close Friday 26 August 2016 and teachers are encouraged to register their school now.