Dr Ann Hardy is Historian, Living Histories Co-ordinator at the University of Newcastle\'s Cultural Collections GLAMˣ Lab (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums). She has a strong commitment to historical and archival research, collaborating with communities and cultural groups to develop new knowledge. She co-ordinates Work Integrated Learning (WIL) students on placement in the Lab. Projects undertaken in the Lab have a multidisciplinary focus, the most recent being the Deep Time project. Her key research areas are Australian \'asylums\', health and welfare history, and has an interest in Aboriginal culture, and the association between cultural heritage and well-being.