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Making Public Histories Seminar Series

The Making Public Histories Seminar Series is offered jointly by the Monash University Institute for Public History, the History Council of Victoria and the State Library of Victoria.

The series is presented at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourme.

The aim of this series is to present topical seminars on a range of themes relating to public history. Timely connections are made wherever possible to other events in the cultural calendar.  

Over time, the series has explored a range of issues and approaches in the making of public histories.

Each seminar is open to anyone interested in historical representation in contemporary society.

Seminar Series - 2015 Program

Unless otherise advised, the seminar details are:

Time: 6.00-7.30 pm
Location: State Library of Victoria
Enquiries: 03 8664 7099 (or send an  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
The organisers appreciate you booking in advance via the event web-page (see below)


Thursday 30 April 2015

Treasures and troves: the secret lives of books. 

Des Cowley, History of the Book manager, State Library Victoria
Richard Overell, former Rare Books Librarian, Monash University
Dr Anna Welch, curator, State Library Victoria

Click HERE to learn more. (NB: This seminar was booked out, several days in advance of the event.)


Thursday 23 July 2015

New directions in making history. 

Professor Al Thomson, Monash University
Emeritus Professor Graeme Davison AO, Monash University
Sarah Rood, Principal Historian, Way Back When Consulting Historians Pty Ltd
Anne Burrow, Genealogy Librarian, State Library Victoria

Click HERE to learn more, and HERE to book via the State Library website. 


The remainder of the 2015 program is being planned. Future dates include:

Thursday 17 September

Thursday 26 November 

Details will be announced here as soon as possible.


The 2014 program (details below) has concluded. Take a look at what was covered!

Seminar Series - 2014 Program

Thursday 29 May 2014

A land fit for heroes? Shattered Anzacs and the legacy of World War I.

Professor Bruce Scates, Chair of History and Australian Studies, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University
Professor Al Thomson, Professor of History, Monash University

Booked out! (see HERE). 

Thursday 12 June 2014

The therapeutic imagination and public history: Reflections on trauma and memory. 

Dr Sean Field, University of Cape Town and former Director of the Centre for Popular Memory
Professor Susannah Radstone, University of South Australia

Click HERE to learn more, and to book via the State Library website.

Click HERE to download a PDF flyer about the seminar. 


Thursday 24 July 2014

Worlds Apart: A Comparative History of Responses to AIDS in Australia and the United States. 

Dr Paul Sendziuk, University of Adelaide

This event is the Annual Lecture of the History Council of Victoria and is presented in conjunction with the AIDS 2014: 20th International AIDS Conference. 

Click HERE to learn more, and to book via the TryBooking website. (Tickets cost $9 plus a small booking fee.)  

Thursday 7 August 2014

The city and the stage: musical theatre in Melbourne. 

Dr Peter Wylie Johnston, University of Melbourne

Click HERE to learn more.

Thursday 25 September 2014

Cultivating Community: garden making and public history.

Richard Aitken, co-editor of Australian Garden History, author and heritage consultant
Christina Dyson, co-editor of Australian Garden History and heritage consultant
Sharon Willoughby, Manager of Public Programs at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne

Click HERE to learn more, and to book via the State Library website.


Thursday 30 October 2014

Oral History in the Digital Age

Professor Michael Frisch, University of Buffalo

Click HERE to learn more, and to book via the State Library website.


Thursday 20 November 2014

Remembering Black Saturday: Five Years On

Liza Dale-Hallett, Senior Curator, Sustainable Futures, Museum Victoria
Dr Robert Kenny, Senior Research Fellow, Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University 

Click HERE to learn more, and to book via the State Library website.