The HRE project

History Research Environment is a community project to create a free and open source platform-independent application for the serious or professional historical researcher.

The project consists of a volunteer community of software designers, programmers, historians and genealogists who work together to define and create the HRE software. The community is supported by a not-for-profit company, History Research Environment Limited, which acts as the signatory for any project contracts, and holds project funds.

The project is entirely non-profit and volunteer-based, and we have no paid employees. The directors of History Research Environment Limited are likewise volunteers.

Lead contributors

Robin Lamacraft

Robin Lamacraft portrait

Robin, from Adelaide, Australia, is the primary instigator and architect of the HRE Project. He has been a user of TMG from 1993, was Adelaide TMG User Group Leader 1998-2007 and is an expert in Visual Chartform. He has 40+ years experience of software development, mainly in statistics and operations research in industrial settings.  He now chairs History Research Environment Limited.

Don Ferguson

DON_FERGUSONDon is from Melbourne, Australia. He has been engaged in IT in programming, software support, technical leadership and consulting for 40+ years, as well as being active in local genealogy groups and the TMG-Refugees list. He is currently secretary of History Research Environment Limited.



Paquita Lamacraft

Paquita Lamacraft

Paquita works with Archer Business Group as a catalyst to creative thinking in designing strategy. With a life spent working around the world, Paquita captures a sense of place on her own website: discover-interesting-places. An author and public speaker,  Paquita works with a wide range of organisations to guide the way they identify, organise, store and use their data – and link it to that of others to create new products and services, or just a richer context for interpreting their own history.

Mailing list

Bruce Fairhall


History Research Environment Limited

History Research Environment Limited is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. Its purpose is to provide a central vehicle for any legal matters. It holds project funds and acts as the signatory for any project contracts.

Board of directors

Robin Lamacraft portraitChair: Robin Lamacraft

(Adelaide, Australia)

Retired CSIRO consultant statistician and software engineer.


Secretary: Don FergusonDON_FERGUSON

(Melbourne, Australia)

IT consultant.



Bruce Fairhall2016-08-14 Bruce portrait

(NSW, Australia)

Bruce has been a TMG User since the first Windows version, and enjoys pushing the way it stores and utilises data so that the program does what he wants it to do.  He maintains a Second Site web site, his research area being a world-wide one name study of Fairhall and variants. He became a member of the Sydney-NSW TMG User Group at its formation, following a visit to Sydney by Bob Velke, and has been group leader for several years. He looks after the HRE mailing list.

The board wishes to include others who have expertise in other history-related or cultural heritage disciplines. If you are interested, please contact us.