North Haven resident Greg Woodward has been announced as the new president of the Camden Haven Historical Society

North Haven resident Greg Woodward and historical society president.
North Haven resident Greg Woodward and historical society president.

North Haven resident Greg Woodward has some big plans scheduled for the Camden Haven Historical Society.

The newly appointed president wants to modernise the historical experience to generate more interest and awareness in young people.

New technology can provide some fresh opportunities for the museum and historical society, including the ability to play short videos in the museum displays or use QR code self guided tours around town, Mr Woodward said.

"People in the last 30 years of this organisation have done a fabulous job even without the resources we have nowadays. But now we need to have projects and member ownership of projects, so people can feel that they belong," he said.

"I think we should rearrange the exhibits to form a timeline of the area that visitors can walk through. We can start with indigenous history, on to Captain Cook and John Oxley.

"There's potential to have a few short videos to make the museum more interactive because that is what young people are interested in these days. (For inspiration) I love Port Macquarie Museum because their exhibitions light up and are involved.

"There are all sorts of historic places around town where people could see the beautiful countryside and experience the history of the area (through a video from a QR code)."

The volunteer community group researches, collects and interprets the history and heritage of the Camden Haven. The museum is located in the School of Arts Building at 58 Bold Street in Laurieton.

Mr Woodward was accepted as the president in August last year and takes on the role left by former president Phil Bowman.

"Phil had asked me if I would become president after him and I said I would do it. I spent months working out what I wanted to do as president and what could be done as president," he said.

"I've liked history ever since I was at the University of NSW and had it as an option. I've traced my family tree back to the 1500s, I've learnt about my own convict family history and although it's not an all-consuming passion, it's still a passion.

"I'm passionate about doing something with this museum and I am resolved this year to get stuck right into it."

North Haven resident Greg Woodward and historical society president.

North Haven resident Greg Woodward and historical society president.

Mr Woodward has been a resident for 11 years and a society member for three years, since moving from the Blue Mountains. He has travelled extensively around Australia after retiring from a career as a trade union secretary and financial planner.

Mr Woodward said the historical society had been hit hard recently by the passing of dedicated museum volunteer Joyce Ormsby last year.

"She was a very active lady and a very nice person. She did so much work here at the museum and losing her took a lot of sting out of people," he said.