Public History Review is a peer reviewed journal investigating the nature and forms of public history: how and to whom is the past communicated and how does the past operate in the present? The journal provides a forum for historians working across all areas of the culture to pursue issues and reflect on practice; comment on historical representations; or extend our knowledge of public history as a field of study. We also publish scholarly contributions on history-related matters from other disciplines. The journal aims to engage academic historians more fully with the concerns of the public and public history work and seeks to articulate creative tensions between theory and practice.

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This journal is not accepting submissions at this time.

This journal does not charge any type of article processing charge (APC) or any type of article submission charge. 

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Vol 31 (2024)

Commenced in 1992 under the auspices of the Professional Historians Association of New South Wales and, from 1999, the Australian Centre for Public History, Public History Review is now in its 32nd and, I must report with some regret, final year of publication. Paper-based until 2005, and digitally published by UTS ePress at the University of Technology Sydney from the following year, PHR has published over 300 articles as well as many more reviews and reports from the field. As per its original mission, the journal has published the work of historians and other professionals at various career stages – from the eminent to the emerging. This was always a key part of its mission. And it was the reason that the journal received a cultural grant from the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts during most of the 1990s.


The journal, with its tiny resource base, closes with an impressive digital record. It has 2,814 readers in over 50 countries; 366 registered reviewers; averages around 2,500 abstract views per month (12,000 in February 2018 given a strong interest in articles on public history in India and South Africa); and its most viewed/downloaded article – Meg Foster’s ‘Online and Plugged in?: Public History and Historians in the Digital Age’ – has had 6,405 abstract views, 7,236 file views and 2,927 pdf and 4,309 html downloads, all of which continue to rise week-by-week.


Many thanks to our authors, reviewers, readers and other supporters. And special thanks to the brilliant UTS ePress team at the University of Technology Sydney. The journal will be archived and available through the ePress.


Paul Ashton


[Cover Image: Memorial to Michael John Hind, 15.6.1946–13.4.2008, Luna Park, Sydney, 2017]

Published: 2024-06-06

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