Meet Ronan

We meet Ronan Hughes our latest intern from Griffith University in Queensland.

What attracts you about being an intern for Celebrate Living History?

The main thing that attracted me and still attracts me I think is just how much I resonate with the goal of this organisation. The concept of recording, writing down and ensuring the longevity and security of senior’s stories, wisdom and knowledge is something that really resonates with me, with my own Aboriginal heritage.

Who is an older person that you admire and why?

At risk of sounding cliche, I have to say my grandmother on my mother’s side is a woman that I respect deeply. As a child, she had to help look after her younger siblings while going to school and working and raised 4 children virtually on her own with a husband who made her life rather difficult. Now she has 19 grandchildren and still is an amazing woman who refuses to live her life any way other than how she wants to. 

If you could jump into a time machine what era would you visit and why?

A time machine… I will freely admit, I’m a massive space nerd. So I think for me, it’d be a no-brainer to go back to July 20th, 1969 or July 16th, 1969, the date of the Apollo Lunar landing and the launch of Apollo 11 respectively. To be there for a date so steeped in historical significance. Failing that, my second choice would be somewhere in the region of 200 BCE, to see the Library of Alexandria at the height of its glory, and to find out just how extensive the knowledge of the ancient world was. While there are other periods and places that would be amazing, eye-opening experiences, to me, one of those two I think would be the most enthralling for me.