Among those speaking will be prominent historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes. 

Hughes, who readers might know from the recently-aired documentary series Eight Days That Made Rome, will be delivering the opening keynote speech — titled ‘Women in Ancient Society’.

The conference’s theme of People, Power, Perspectives is given increased relevance by this year’s location.

“We thought that was a good theme for Canberra in particular,” conference convenor Ann Parry says.

“I mean, it’s a good historical theme because that covers so much ground, and it’s particularly relevant to Canberra, of course.”

Parry says the goal of the conference is threefold.

“We’re trying to give them content, i.e. actual historical knowledge about different themes,” she says.

“...then there’s pedagogical knowledge – how, once you know about it, do you teach it? And the final one is assessment; once you know about it and you’ve taught it, how do you know you’ve taught it well enough? So they’re the three sort of legs that it rests on, if you like.”

Parry hopes the conference’s program can attract teachers from all levels of schooling. 

“Getting primary teachers to these conferences is a relatively new idea, because, being a history teacher, people have tended to think of themselves as that if they were teaching secondary or senior secondary. 

“[Primary teachers] tended not to think of themselves so much as actual history teachers, but of course they are, so we’ve got a special day on the Wednesday with primary topics running all through the workshops.”