Dr Martina Muller
I am an accredited professional historian with particular expertise in heritage. As a member of PHA NSW & ACT I am accredited under the National Standards for Accreditation for Membership of Professional Historians in Australia.
I currently serve as the Treasurer on the executive of PHA NSW & ACT.
Having worked in the heritage sector for many years, both as a heritage consultant and historian, I have written numerous histories that have been used to guide developments across the wider Sydney area. I currently work as a historian at NBRSARCHITECTURE.
My business is called Storialines because it sums up what I do and reflects who I am. Having been brought up in Switzerland where I learnt German, Italian, French and English at school, I love the play on two words from two of these languages: Storia (Italian for 'history, story, tale or yarn') and Storyline (English for 'narrative or plot of a story').
My aim is to bring the history of our built environment alive by researching stories, finding the main narratives and communicating them in an easy to understand and engaging way, based on the facts.
I undertake historical research and write histories for inclusion in heritage reports, so that colleagues and clients can make sound decisions about future development strategies for heritage places. I have worked on a wide range of projects, from small, privately owned residential sites to large, public properties, and have researched various building types, from pubs to libraries, schools, pubs, cemeteries, homesteads, warehouses, shops, churches, fire stations, and even ski resorts.
I evaluate and analyse a wide range of sources, including land titles, maps, photographs, historical building application files and other relevant material held by archives and libraries, as well as the existing building fabric and site components. I am also experienced in preparing Interpretation Strategies and Plans, and am a member of Interpretation Australia, the peak body of natural and cultural heritage interpretation in Australia.
Fees are in accordance with the Scale of Fees recommended by the Professional Historians Association (PHA).
I access project specific sources and evidence, collate relevant information and assess its significance and reliability
Based on the facts, I write an engaging narrative - targeted to the audience - and present it in the required format, including print and online
Based on the history, defined themes and storylines, I make recommendations on how to effectively communicate the significance of a place to the public