What challenges do historians face when exploring sensitive topics? Intergenerational trauma and ethical issues associated with gathering and analysing historical evidence are important concerns when reconstructing contentious narratives. Winners of the 2016 New South Wales Premier’s History Awards – Stuart Macintyre, Ann McGrath and Tanya Evans – reveal to Caroline Butler-Bowdon how they explored difficult subjects such as interracial relationships, war and poverty.

Presented with the History Council of NSW.

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Caroline Butler-Bowdon (Australian)

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Caroline Butler-Bowdon is the director of strategy and engagement at Sydney Living Museums. Her career has spanned more than 20 years and has been dedicated to cultural leadership that connects diverse audiences to arts and heritage through a broad range of public engagement programs. She is the winner of multiple awards for projects including festivals, exhibitions and books exploring urban life, architecture and design across the centuries.