Archaeology PL

Dr Sophia Samper Carro of ANU will be conducting PL on archaeology on Thursday 11 March 2021 4.00-6.ooPM at ANU.

If you are interested in signing up or need more info, please email Chris Kenna on

The Seminar will be held at

JG Crawford Building

Barton Theatre

132 Lennox Crossing

Australian National University

2021 Events

As we all know, Covid put pay to many activities this year. The Committee met in early December and has identified our activities for Semester 1:

BEHIND THE LINES AND MOAD PL, 18th February 2021 (Week 3) – Hosted by MoAD

The main theme for this PD will be the new Behind the Lines exhibition and includes a discussion with the Cartoonist of the Year – Cathy Wilcox. MoAD will also showcase its new online resources and other exhibitions that teachers may find helpful in their practice.

NATIONAL HISTORY CHALLENGE LAUNCH, 25th February 2021 (Week 4) – Venue:  National Archives of Australia
Our annual launch for the National History Challenge where teachers and local cultural institutions meet.


Presented by Dr Sofia Samper Carro (ANU)
4.00-6.00 pm, Thu 11 Mar 2021, ANU (exact venue TBA)
A more detailed program is under development, and this workshop will be as interactive as possible. The content will deal with prehistoric (not ‘classical’) societies. Sofia is generously presenting this workshop with the aim of sharing skills, knowledge and teachable content for Social Sciences/History teachers in the ACT.

For more information, please contact Chris Kenna.

Term 2

TEACH MEET, 13th May 2021 (Week 3) – Hosted at UC SSC Lake Ginninderra College
Our annual teach-meet for primary, secondary and senior-secondary educators across the ACT.

New Life Members

Long serving members, Liz McGinnis and Nick Ewbank were elected to Life Membership of the ACT HTA and presented with plaques at the November AGM!

2020 National History Challenge – ACT Winners and NATIONAL WINNER

To our surprise, there was an increase in entries in the NHC this year, particularly in the primary sector with two new schools entering. The standard of work at the primary level was beyond anything the judging panel had experienced before – wonderful to see but very difficult to judge! There were some amazing winners. All judging took place online this year over the course of a week, including for the first time, that of models and museum entries.

We again have a national winner, for Year 9, who was also our Young Historian, announced at the combined state/national presentation on 26th November. We were delighted and surprised to be able to actually hold a presentation this year. It was held at the Australia War Memorial theatre, for which we were very grateful and included a video speech by the Minister for Education, and one from the Director of the AWM, Mr Matt Anderson.

“I found the theme, Contested Histories, really interesting. I thought there was a lot of room to manoeuvre and a lot of freedom with the theme and what I could choose to write about, while also giving me some direction.”
Chanhyeok (Kevin) Wang, ACT Young Historian of the Year, Telopea Park School

Chanhyeok (Kevin) Wang

Read more here: Telopea Park School student named ACT Young Historian of the Year (ACT EDU)
For a list of all the 2020 Winners, please visit the National History Challenge website.