Listening to the past

Listening to the past

Carleen Dekarski In the news

This is a bit of an older article (2014) but it provides some fascinating insight into how archives “make” history. I especially like the statement that with archives you are given “direct access to the voices from past centuries”. Couple this with the point made about the “silence” in the archives. This is quite a topic in archival circles and the like where gaps, silence or absence in records held speak loudly about periods of time and also who the “voices” are that are being recorded (or not recorded) in the records of the period. Understanding the gaps can be just as important as the material of that period.

How archives make history – University of Cambridge Q & A

Recognition: Headphones photo by Corey Blaz, Creative Commons Zero licence, published with thanks from

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Carleen Dekarski

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I have worked in the quality management, information management and archival field over the last 15 years across Australia, England and New Zealand. The progression from information management to archives was a self taught journey and one that is not unfamiliar in many businesses and communities today. My daily expertise is grounded in local government archives however the principles of archiving apply to all. I am a member of the ICA and ARANZ.