Peter William Holdsworth

Twitter: @P_W_Holdsworth

dual citizen: Canada, United States



  • Archival research and description skills
  • Digital humanities skills
  • Museum exhibit research and design experience
  • Archaeological research and experience
  • French: good oral and written comprehension, intermediate writing and speaking skills




2011-13               Master of Arts in Public History

Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

Major research essay: Networks of Commemoration: Gender, Class, and the Remembrance of General Brock, 1898-1912        

Supervisors: Dr. Shawn Graham and Dr. John C. Walsh



2007-11                Bachelor of Arts (Honours), with distinction (History Major,

Classical Studies Minor), Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Senior honours thesis: Social Class and the Family Compact: The Class System in the Cataraqui Townships, Ernestown, and Kingston from 1791-1820

Supervisor: Dr. Peter Campbell


Honours and Awards


2012             Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2011             Graduate Scholarship, Department of History, Carleton University

2009-2011    Dean’s List, Queen’s University


Research Interests


  • Digital history and network theory
  • Commemoration cycles
  • Loyalist immigration and commemoration
  • The War of 1812
  • Imperial nationalism


Relevant Academic and Work Experience


2013-  Volunteer Walking Tour Coordinator, Heritage Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

  • Provide assistance in tour safety and operation en route
  • Collect money for community-focused walking tours

2012    Public History Intern, Archaeology and History, Canadian Museum of Civilization,     Gatineau, QC

  • Research for the Empress of Ireland centennial project
  • Worked on a survey of media coverage of the 1914 tragedy and populated and managed an Excel database of passengers and crew profiles as part of a research team

2011-13 Teaching Assistant, Department of History, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

HIST 2101 (Fall and Winter): Modern Thought and Culture

HIST 2400 (Fall and Winter): History of the United States

  • Graded essays in accordance with supervisor’s guidelines while providing feedback to students to develop their understanding of course material and academic writing standards
  • Answered questions concerning essay and course content from students

2011      Archaeology and Public History Intern, Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, Parks Canada, Louisbourg, NS

  • Identified coarse earthenware English pottery shards by events using provenance for four types of pottery (Staffordshire slipware, Buckley, North Devon Ware and Poole/Hamworthy)
  • Inventoried and catalogued mixed small finds for the 2011 waterline project
  • Documented and participated in shoreline and barrier beach coastal erosion monitoring with archaeological and environmental conservation staff
  • Helped supervise and document other work on the grounds, checking for archeological finds
  • Mapped locations of known slaves on the town site for a future interpretative panel

2008-11 Archival Assistant, Queen’s University Archives, Kingston, ON                                     

  • Classified, accessioned, and harmonized entry of prints and photographs of the Shortt-Haydon Collection into a database (Inmagic TextWorks)
  • Sorted through a related collection to determine significance for the archives
  • Identified types of prints and photographs to independently confirm library record

2010       Research Assistant, Department of Anthropology, Penn State University, University Park, PA

  • Researched local and genealogical history of two nineteenth-century farmsteads in Huntingdon County, PA, dug as part of the Penn State Field School to aid in archaeological interpretation
  • Performed deed research at the Huntingdon County Court House
  • Wrote a summary of the existing local history, deed findings and genealogical research
  •  Prepared text for the Field School website

2009       Exhibit Designer, Bellefonte Museum for Families of Centre County, Bellefonte, PA

  • Proposed, designed, and created an interactive archaeology exhibit for K-8 students


2009       Participant, Archaeological Field School, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State          University

  • Attended six-week program, helping to excavate a nineteenth-century farmstead site
  • Documented work in the field using field notes and sketches

2006-08 Archival Assistant, Centre County Historical Society, State College, PA

  • Updated accession records for artifacts in the historic Centre Furnace ironmaster’s mansion
  • Entered and confirmed origins of documents in the archives into an Excel spreadsheet in preparation for accessioning into the PastPerfect database
  • Accessioned and entered mixed documents (papers and magazines) directly into PastPerfect
  • Digitized slides for use in the Past Perfect database

2005       Docent, The Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum, Boalsburg, PA

  • Gave tours centering on the family history and acquired objects in a 1789 historic house and grounds


Administrative Experience

2012-13   Graduate Student Association representative to the Graduate Faculty Board, Carleton University, and History Graduate Student Association representative to the Graduate Student Association

2012-13   Organizing committee member and Graduate Student Association liaison for the 19th Annual Underhill Graduate Colloquium

2011        History Graduate Student Association representative to the Graduate Student Association, Carleton University

2011-12   Organizing committee member and panel leader, 18th Annual Underhill Graduate Colloquium,   Carleton University

2009-11   Class representative to the Departmental Student Council, Department of History, Queen’s University



Peter Holdsworth, “Avalés par le fleuve: voyageurs et migrants italiens à bord de l’Empress of Ireland,”  Cap-aux-Diamants: la revue d’histoire du Québec, no. 112 (Hiver 2013), 42-3.

Digital publication: Peter Holdsworth, Sean Jones and Lara Lavelle, Parliament Hill and Lovers’ Walk: an Echo History,  In support of a Layar Augmented Reality app for the Lovers’ Walk Echo History Project.


Conference papers and presentations

Proposed an accepted question on a paradigm shift in the digital presentation of public history at THAT Camp NCPH 2013 on April 17th, 2013, annual meeting of the National Council of Public History.

Helped facilitate discussion on digital humanities tools and other topics at THAT Camp Accessibility, Carleton University, October 27th, 2012.

“Tracing Networks of Women in the Commemoration of the War of 1812.” Colloquium on Digital History and Transnational History of Nursing at Carleton University, March 23rd, 2012.

“Mapping Social Networks and the Making of a Public History: Women, Empire and Nation in Canada, 1890-1912,” presented at the 18th Annual Underhill Graduate Colloquium at Carleton University, March 1-2, 2012.

“Social Class and the Family Compact: The Class System in the Cataraqui Townships, Ernestown, and Kingston from 1791-1820,” presented at the 5th Annual Inquiry @ Queen’s Undergraduate Research Conference, March 2011.


Computer Literacy

Big data research and data management skills including online archiving, network analysis, and bibliographical citation management.




  • French: good oral and written comprehension, intermediate writing and speaking skills,         École de Langue Française de Trois-Pistoles at Trois-Pistoles, QC. University of Western Ontario, Certificat de l’École de Langue Française de Trois-Pistoles, August 2011.
  • Latin: some reading knowledge.




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