Helen Doyle

Dr Helen Doyle


Dr Helen Doyle is an historian with over twenty years’ experience in heritage and conservation.

Helen has expertise in preparing heritage assessments and conservation management plans for places and precincts, as well as complex sites. This includes a wide range of urban and rural places, including parks, gardens and cemeteries; industrial sites; and Aboriginal places. Helen is experienced in developing thematic frameworks and writing thematic histories from single sites to large complex places, groups of like places, and municipalities. She also has experience working with First Peoples in Aboriginal cultural heritage and preparing Aboriginal cultural values assessments. She has also prepared significance assessments for local history collections, and text panels for exhibitions and heritage interpretation.

Prior to joining the GML Melbourne team (formerly Context), Helen worked as freelance historian for multiple heritage firms. She is also an award-winning writer and experienced editor and has written several commissioned histories. She was an assistant editor for the major reference work in Australian history: The Oxford Companion to Australian History, edited by Graeme Davison, Stuart Macintyre and John Hirst (1998). Her publication, Suburbs at War (2015) won the inaugural Centenary of Anzac Award at the Victorian Community History Awards.

Helen is the History Member of the Heritage Council of Victoria.


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‘Heritage is about exploring and better understanding places. It recognises the challenges of acknowledging different layers of history and meaning that may be embedded in a place.’


PhD, School of Historical Studies, Monash University

Master of Arts (Public History), Monash University

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne