My name is Eureka Henrich, and I am a historian based at the University of Leicester. I’m originally from Sydney, Australia, and have been living and working in the UK for the past four years.
This blog is about all things ‘M’ – migration, museums and memorials! It reflects my current research on migrant health in Australia in the years following the Second World War, as well as broader interests in public uses of history, in particular the history and memory of migration, and on the role historians can play in immigration debates.
Currently, my research is funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship in Medical Humanities (2014-2017). The project, ‘Healthy Citizens? Migrant Identity and Constructions of Health in Post-War Australia‘, examines the links between policies of assimilation, migrants’ sense of self and changing understandings of health in the period 1945 to 1970. Before taking up this position I held the Rydon Fellowship in Australian Politics and Political History at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London. Whilst at the Centre I worked on a number of articles about the representation of migration history in Australian museums, which were based on research undertaken towards my PhD at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia (2012). I also had the pleasure of organising an international symposium, Immigration, Nation and Public History, which explored how historical perspectives on migration have been represented in the public sphere in Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
My main research interests are:
- Australian social, cultural and political history
- Public histories of migration
- Migrant memory and identity, with a focus on material culture and life writing
- Histories of children and childhood
You can read an article of mine on representations of migration history in Australian museums here. A recent article on Ragged Schools in late 19th century and early 20th century Sydney is available here.
I often review exhibitions, books and events in Australia, the UK and Europe, such as this review of the Immigration Museum’s ‘Identity: Yours, Mine Ours’ exhibition. I also enjoy writing for non-academic audiences. A short piece on Clive James’ appearance at the first Australia & New Zealand Festival for Literature & Arts in London for The Conversation is available here.
More details on my publications and upcoming talks are available on my academia.edu website.
The image that I use as my banner on this blog, and on my Twitter account, comes from a poster designed by the Australian artist Julie Shiels in 1990, called ‘We were all migrants once‘. It is held in the collection of the State Library of Victoria.