The series will be presented regularly in the Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria between March and November each year.
The aim of this series is to organise topical seminars on a range of interesting topics on public history, making history, heritage that can be linked to Museum/Library events around the place. The series runs in the State Library of Victoria.
This Seminar Series explores issues and approaches in making public histories and is open to anyone interested in historical representation in contemporary society. Organised by the State Library of Victoria and the Institute for Public History at Monash University on behalf of the History Council of Victoria
Time: 5.30-7.00 pm
Location: State Library of Victoria
Enquiries/ Bookings: 03 8664 7099
Thursday April 18th
Anzac Memories Revisited: family history and Australian war remembrance
In a forthcoming edition of his 1994 study of Anzac memory and mythology, Alistair Thomson returns to a family war history that he could not write about twenty years ago because of the stigma of war and mental illness, and uses newly-released Repatriation files to question his earlier account of WW1 veterans’ post-war lives and memories and to think afresh about war and memory.
Carolyn Holbrook takes up the remembering of these private war histories beyond the lives of veterans themselves. She examines family practices of collecting, preserving and re-presenting the experiences of soldier-ancestors, to suggest that a century from the war itself, Anzac memories are in a constant state of reinterpretation.
Speakers: Al Thomson (Monash) and Carolyn Holbrook (Melbourne University)
Thursday May 9th
Apologising for the Past
Five years after Prime Minister Rudd apologised to Australia’s Indigenous peoples, what is the role of apologies in the way nations deal with their pasts?
Speakers: Marian Quartly (Monash), Robert Manne (La Trobe) and Miranda Johnson (University of Sydney)
Thursday July 18th
First Peoples Exhibition at Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum
Bunjilaka at the Melbourne Museum is a living Aboriginal cultural centre that celebrates the strength and vitality of Koorie people in Victoria. A major exhibition redevelopment will strengthen and revitalise Bunjilaka as a place to celebrate and engage with the cultures and histories of Victoria’s first people.
Members of the exhibition team discuss their experiences of creating First Peoples, the new major exhibition at Bunjilaka, opening in mid-July.
The exhibition has been created with extensive community consultation and co-curation by members of Victoria’s Aboriginal community. The First Peoples Yulendj Group has brought stories, culture and knowledge to every aspect of the exhibition development.
Speakers will include:
· Genevieve Grieves, lead curator
· Caroline Martin, manager, Bunjilaka
· Amanda Reynolds, senior curator
· Members of the First Peoples Yulendj Group
Thursday July 25th
HCV Annual Lecture - Professor Harriet Edquist (RMIT), "From architecture to ornament: the Melbourne Public Library in the nineteenth century"
In celebration of the centenary of the domed La Trobe Reading Room, Professor Harriet Edquist will reflect on the intersections of design and architectural history with the history of Melbourne and its public library, now the State Library of Victoria. Professor Edquist will also look at one of the featured items in the 'Enchanted Dome' exhibition, Owen Jones's book, The Grammar of Ornament, its influence on colonial liberals such as judge Sir Redmond Barry and architect Joseph Reed, and the design of Melbourne's historic public buildings.
Harriet Edquist is Professor of Architectural History at RMIT, Director of the RMIT Design Archives, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. She has published extensively on Australian architecture and she has contributed significantly to the Library's Dome Centenary Celebrations, including curating the exhibition 'Free, Secular and Democratic'.
Monday Aug 5th
Aftermath: Sites and Sources of History and Memory
This seminar will explore the themes of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and consider how scholars and archivists incorporate sources encompassing memoirs, architectures, testimonies, photographs and moving image footage into the writing of the Holocaust in particular, and genocides more broadly.
This seminar forms part of the public program of the 3rd Dr Jan Randa Conference in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, hosted by the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation in partnership with the History Program at Monash University and the University of Warwick.