Tim Cook is a former archivist at the National Archives of Canada and currently a historian at the Canadian War Museum. He is the curator of over a dozen permanent, temporary, travelling, and digital exhibitions. He is also the author of 12 books, over 80 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and dozens of other edited works, catalogues, and trade historical articles. Dr. Cook is a director of Canada’s History Society, a member of the Royal Society of Canada, and a member of the Order of Canada. With such a long list of public and academic honours, he is that rare historian who has managed to find success both within and beyond the academy. With a scarcity of academic jobs and a new generation of historians embracing digital outlets to disseminate their work, Kyle Falcon sits down with Dr. Cook to discuss the importance and challenges of writing public history.
(Cover image: Canadian soldiers training in the hills on Hong Kong Island prior to the Japanese invasion in December 1941 © IWM KF 189).