SHP has been in business for over 14 years and has completed over 100 museum and heritage based projects.
We understand that heritage projects are unique and we would like to hear from you to discuss your ideas and ambitions to help you make projects happen.
At SHP we have the skills, the knowhow and the drive to make your projects come to life.
The office in Port Melbourne
Sue Hodges Managing Director
M.A. (Public History) 1991, B.A. (Hons,History & English) 1982
PhD (current), UTS
President, Interpretation Australia (2011 –)
Honorary Associate, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney (2012)
Honorary Research Fellow in History, Melbourne University (2006 – current)
Member, AusHeritage (2011-)
Member, ICOMOS (2011 - )
Member of Executive Committee, Interpretation Australia (2009)
Sue has extensive experience in the fields of history and heritage interpretation. Before establishing SHP in 2001, she worked as an historian for a wide variety of public and private sector organisations, including Museum Victoria, the State Library of Victoria, the National Museum of Australia, the Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands and Heritage Victoria.
Sue is the author of Hands-on-History (2006), a fun and practical guide to making history fun for students that is linked to the ACT curriculum. Sue was invited to conduct training in interpretation in Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Scotland and Malaysia between 2011 and 2012 and has participated in three Interpret Europe conferences.
Sue’s work at SHP has encompassed all aspects of heritage projects, from concept planning to implementation. She has developed strategies and completed theming, research, writing and editing for many projects including interpretation plans, installations, exhibitions, signage, public artwork and heritage trails.
Sue also plays an active role in the professions of history and interpretation. She has been President of Interpretation Australia since 2011 and is currently working with the University of Technology, Sydney, to devise an international course in heritage interpretation with the University of Highlands and Islands (Scotland); the University of Kansas (USA) and the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). The aim of this course is to partner with ICOMOS in Europe to deliver ‘best practice’ heritage training internationally. Sue is also a member of ICOMOS, an invited member of AusHeritage an Honorary Associate, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney and an Honorary Fellow in History at the University of Melbourne.
Nicola McColl Historian
M.A. (Public History) 2003, B.A. (Hons., History) 2002
Secretary, Interpretation Australia (2012-13)
Executive Committee, Interpretation Australia (2011-13)
State Chapter Representative, Interpretation Australia (2010 – current)
Nicola is an interpretation specialist and public historian who is highly skilled in research, writing and historical interpretation. She has developed content and strategies for many of SHP’s heritage trails, exhibitions, websites, public artworks and interpretation plans.
While undertaking her Master of Arts studies, Nicola developed a retail heritage trail around Melbourne city for Heritage Victoria. Prior to joining SHP, she worked at the Australian Racing Museum in curatorial, education and tour guiding positions. She spent four years working for Museum Victoria in public access and research roles and as an Assistant Curator on the Water Smart Home project. Her experience in the tourism industry has given her an excellent understanding of public needs and expectations and commercial considerations.
Since joining SHP in 2008, Nicola has worked on a wide variety of projects including the George Town Master Plan, the 22 Bendigo Street (former Channel 9 studios) Interpretation Plan, the Old Great North Road Interpretation Plan for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, the award-winning Monsignor Hawes Audio Tour, There’s a War On! World War II at Home travelling exhibition for Museums & Galleries New South Wales, Places that Matter National Heritage List exhibition for the National Museum of Australia, the Alfred Deakin: Duty and Devotion exhibition for Deakin University and interpretive signage for Victoria Park, Collingwood.
Jhana Pfeiffer Hunt Designer
B.Des. (Interior Design) Hons, 2007, Grad. Dip. Museum Studies (current)
Jhana’s professional experience spans a broad range of project types and scales both nationally and internationally, including design for museum and exhibition displays, hospitality and retail projects as well as aged care, residential and mixed use developments. Her diverse experience has equipped Jhana with knowledge of a variety of user needs and requirements with the ability to combine expert design and delivery skills with sensitivities to place and cultural heritage.
Prior to joining SHP, Jhana was employed as a Senior Interior Designer working with architectural firms including Layan Design Group and dKO Architecture. She has also been a lecturer of Interior Design at RMIT University, writing and delivering specialised practice subjects in Exhibition Design (The object of this story) and Heritage Interpretation (The Sculpture Garden).
Her most recent role as Assistant Curator at The Duldig Studio has seen Jhana design and curate historic exhibitions (A Malayan Bungalow, The Duldigs in Vienna), as well as write and produce a range of niche exhibition and wider museum interpretation.
Since joining SHP in 2013, Jhana has produced concept design and visualisation for the Interpretation Masterplan for George Town, Malaysia, and developed design concepts for a range of interpretive signage for Kiandra, Kosciuszko National Park.
Quinn Veldhuis Designer
B. Des (Interior Design) Hons (current)
Quinn is currently completing her Honours in Interior Design at RMIT. Throughout her studies, Quinn has developed a diverse skill set that includes experience in exhibition design, public art and installation design, hospitality and event design, digital fabrication, residential design, publication design and sustainability design. Throughout her honours year Quinn’s interests have lead her to explore the implications of authenticity and imitation, and she is currently working on a project concerned with these themes.
Before joining SHP, Quinn’s most recent position was as intern and content contributor to the online publication, Australian Design Review, and print publication, Inside. This experience has helped Quinn to develop a critical voice and understanding of the design industry. She has also previously held a casual position with Artillery Architecture. Highlights of her design education have included a study trip to Berlin exploring cultural exchange, being part of the student design initiative [in] and installing and running a pop up restaurant in Fitzroy.
Caitlin Neely Historian
Bachelor of Education (P-12) (History & Humanities) (current)
Caitlin joined SHP in 2012 and brings with her expertise in the fields of history and educational practices. In conjunction with completing her university degree, Caitlin has worked on a number of SHP’s Australian and international projects. Under the guidance of Sue Hodges, Caitlin has further developed her writing and interpretive skills, which has enabled her to lead the historical research and educational components on a number of SHP’s high-profile projects.
Felicity Coleman Historian
Postgraduate Diploma in Archaeology, 2012
BA (Hons, History) 2011 (First Class Honours)
Felicity joined SHP in 2013 and brings with her an outstanding record of achievement in the fields of history and archaeology. A recent graduate, Felicity has worked on several SHP projects since, including conducting all historical research, archaeological research, theming, and writing of SHP’s current ‘Former HM Prison Pentridge: Heritage Interpretation Masterplan’, under Sue Hodges’s guidance. Felicity’s work has been approved with no changes in this high-profile project.
Sarah Mirams Historian
PhD Monash University, Gippsland (2010), MA (Public History) Monash University, 1999, Dip.Ed, Monash University (1984), BA, Monash University (1980)
Member, Professional Historians Association of Australia
Member, Australian Historical Association
Sarah works as a historian, researcher, writer and educator. She studied history and English at Monash University before taking up a career in teaching. Sarah became involved in the development of new history curriculum in Victoria and went on to co-author several successful history textbooks, including the award winning Making History: Investigating People and Issues in Australia after World War II.
After a stint at Museum Victoria and Heritage Council Victoria as education officer, Sarah returned to study and completed her Masters in Public History at Monash University. On completion she set up the consultancy Past and Future Perspectives, which specialises in public history, historical research, curriculum development and heritage assessments.
The opportunity to explore her passion for environmental history saw Sarah return to Monash in 2009 to undertake a PhD. Her thesis explores the life of EJ Brady, a radical poet and socialist, and his relationship with the remote and wild environment of Mallacoota in far East Gippsland. This is both an environmental history and biographical study. It was nominated for the Molly Holman Medal for Excellence in a PhD Thesis.
Sarah was awarded her PhD in 2011 and returned to her public history, heritage and education business. Her most recent commissioned history, Darebin Parklands: escaping the claws of the machine tells the story of how remnant bush, a tip and a polluted creek seven kilometres from the Melbourne CBD was transformed into vibrant parklands. Sarah has also lectured at Monash University Gippsland, as well as undertaking curriculum projects and heritage assessments. She is currently lecturing at the Monash University Clayton campus and continues independent research into environmental history with a focus on the relationship between suburbia and environmentalism.
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Last updated January 2015. Australian Business Number: 45 097 174 000