Historians conduct research into past human activity, including the history of countries, organisations, periods of time, buildings, cultural heritage, particular events, people, and ideas or issues.
Duties & Tasks
Historians may perform the following tasks:examine, assess and interpret evidence of past events by consulting and studying the works of other historians and researchers, using sources of information such as archives, diaries, manuscripts, reports, statistics, artefacts, images, works of art, photographs, letters, newspapers, magazines and journals, and interviewing people
organise information, check it for accuracy, interpret details, suggest theories and make conclusions
present findings and conclusions through reports, the media (digital and print), journal articles, books, lectures and museum exhibitions
act as an adviser or consultant to government, commercial and private organisations, societies, churches and individuals
perform research and/or teach at institutions such as universities and schools.
an enquiring mind
interested in human behaviour, society and politics
interested in the lessons of the past
a thorough approach to research and problem-solving
good written communication skills.