Dr Ruth Longdin
Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers
|Non-accredited training delivered|
Dr Longdin is experienced in delivering training to Indigenous people.
Dr Longdin's relevant qualifications and experience:
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Cultural Heritage Management). This included units in cultural heritage management, museum studies and anthropology, Aboriginal material culture, Aboriginal society and adaptation and Aboriginal archaeology. This course has significantly influenced the way Dr Longdin approaches her professional practice, and has underpinned her entire philosophy regarding the practice and teaching of cultural heritage management.
- Master of Arts (Applied History)
- PhD: Following a paper trail from Vienna to the Mugga Way Tip: A comparative study of one hundred years of assimilation.
- Heritage Advisor refresher course, NSW Heritage Office, and attendance at a workshop on recent technological advances in oral history recording.
Dr Ruth Longdin has 15 years experience working in a cross-cultural environment with Indigenous cultures, as well as many other diverse cultures. Her original training qualified her to teach Indigenous people, with a focus on the actual recording of heritage. Whilst Ruth has undertaken projects of this nature as a consultant, she feels more comfortable with the idea of Indigenous people undertaking their own cultural heritage management than having someone from outside the community doing it for them.
The last consultancy Ruth undertook for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) advocated the position of consulting with Indigenous communities as an ongoing process in the management of the parks, as opposed to solely documenting the sites of significance within the parks. She believes very strongly in working collaboratively with all communities, and this approach would influence how she taught Indigenous communities. She approaches each project differently depending on the needs of the communities involved, and can provide a more formal learning environment as well as flexible, less prescriptive approaches.
Ruth has had diverse teaching experience, having taught heritage to postgraduate planning students and also to children. While working with the ACT Heritage Unit she developed a teaching package for 15 year olds examining the lives of teenagers during the 1930s. Her experience has taught her the importance of people's cultural heritage to their sense of self and identity.
More recently Ruth has been collaborating with Aboriginal communities in developing histories for use by both the communities and the NSW NPWS in their plans of management in Central West NSW.
Dr Longdin has not delivered cultural heritage management training to an Indigenous group within the last 12 months (valid at July 2013).
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The Register of Cultural Heritage Management Training Providers has been developed as a resource for Indigenous land and sea managers who want to undertake training in cultural heritage management.
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