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Memento : Issue 20
ecently we have been developing closer ties with the people who research, write and teach using the records in our collection. In February, members of the Archives Executive met the Australian Historical Association (AHA) Reference Group to discuss our common interests. The Reference Group includes Jill Roe, President of the AHA, and eminent historians Hilary Golder, Paul Jones, Ann-Mari Jordens, Stuart Macintyre, Janet McCalman and Carmel Young. Discussion was wide- ranging and included building and docu- menting the Archives collection; making the collection visible and more accessible; the AHA's current focus, priorities and events; trends and issues in the historical sector; and the many links between the National Archives and historians. We also discussed the valuable work of the AHA's Library and Archives User Group in advising the Archives about government functions that are of most interest for current and future research. Ways of working together in the future were high on the agenda. Issues to be explored further include how the AHA might help all archives in improving the quality of sentencing records ('sentencing' means deciding how long to keep records); increasing the awareness of archives through web links, contact with history teachers and their teachers; and producing print and web resources for schools with archives. The AHA will also keep us up to date on the plans for the International Committee for Historical Sciences Congress to be held at the University of New South Wales in 2005. Everyone was keen on this exchange of infor- mation and ideas, so we plan to meet again later this year. Making history Speaker s in our 2002 series of talks called 'Where's the Passion?' are Australians in the spotlight with a consuming passion. Futurist and social commentator Richard Neville launched the series in Febr uar y, sharing with us his passion for the future . For Richard the uncer tainty of living in a world of contradictions is both exciting and disconcer ting, the future is nothing to be afraid of, and the blurring of distinctions is par t of living in a modern age. If you can no longer see the line between young and old, editorial and adver tising, left wing and right wing, you aren't alone, he said. Upcoming speaker s in the series include Peter Sculthorpe on musical composition, Julie McCrossin on women's rights, Ian Kiernan on the environment, and Karm Gillespie on Banjo Paterson's poetr y. Check out the back page for program details. Richard Neville recently talked about his passion for the future in our 2002 series of talks called 'Where's the Passion?' Members of the Australian Historical Association met with Archives staff recently to discuss topics of mutual interest. From left to right: Paul Jones, Ann-Mari Jordens, Stuart Macintyre, Carmel Young and Hilary Golder. passion? Where's the Ever wondered what inspires a person to start a clean-up Australia program? Or what drives a professional athlete to strive for perfection? Making history R memento may 2002 4