A slow, head-shaking moment from the MA conference…
Paula Hamilton and Paul Ashton‘s study of Australians and ‘the past’ confirms that community and family learning are critical to historical knowledge and understanding. Governments are not the gatekeepers of history. Whew!
Most Australians consider museums the most trustworthy source of narratives on the past. But for Indigenous people, the opposite is true — museum practices are highly questionable.
And yet, even for non-Indigenous Australians, museums are not necessarily places where they feel connected to the past.
So even people who believe museums know best about the past don’t expect to learn much from them…?!