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The History Council is delighted to announce that it has been advised of funding for the next three years (2015, 2016 and 2017) of the History Roadshow. This funding comes through the Strategic Partnerships Program of the Department of Education and Training (formerly the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) of the Victorian Government.

What is the History Roadshow?

The History Roadshow is a free program of presentations tailored to regional Victorian students of History in Years 11 and 12. The program aims to provide VCE students with rich curriculum-related opportunities to engage with academic and professional historians. 

Click HERE for more information about this long-running and successful program.

How does the program operate?

Click HERE to download 'Information for Schools', a PDF booklet about the 2015 History Roadshow program. 

What's happening in 2015?

All tours this year will commence with a short session entitled 'Where can History take you? – a talk on career pathways', delivered in collaboration with the History Teachers Association of Victoria. This session is available to History students in Years 9 and 10 as well as in the VCE.

The first tour was to SHEPPARTON on Thursday 28 May 2015. Our host was Goulburn Valley Grammar School with sessions on Twentieth Century History and Revolutions (France; Russia). Bookings closed at 4 pm on Friday 22 May. 

There was insufficient demand for the tour planned for MAFFRA on Tuesday 23 June 2015, so this event has been regretfully cancelled. Our thanks to Maffra Secondary College for having been willing to host the tour. We hope one can be successfully arranged for East Gippsland schools in 2016. 

Further tours are offered as follows:

ROSEBUD - Tuesday 21 July 2015: Hosted by Rosebud Secondary College, the program will include sessions on Twentieth Century History, Revolutions (China) and Australian History. Download the Booking Form as a Word document (for easy completion) or as a PDF. Bookings will close at 2 pm on Wednesday 15 July. 

GEELONG - Friday 14 August 2015: Hosted by Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College, the program will include sessions on Twentieth Century History, Australian History and Revolutions (Russia). Bookings will close at 2 pm on Friday 7 August. 

BALLARAT - Tuesday 18 August 2015: Hosted by Ballarat Secondary College - Barkly Campus, the program will include sessions on Twentieth Century History, Revolutions (China), plus one other subject (suggestions / requests welcome!). Bookings will close at 4 pm on Tuesday 11 August. 

LEONGATHA - possibly in late August or early September with sessions on Twentieth Century History, Revolutions (Russia or France), and perhaps one other subject. Schools in the Leongatha region should contact the History Council (details below) to advise the VCE History subjects they are teaching in Semester 2.

BENDIGO - Wednesday 9 September 2015: Hosted by Girton Grammar School, the program will includes sessions on Twentieth Century History, Australian History and Revolutions (China)Bookings will close at 4 pm on Wednesday 2 September. 

What did previous tours offer?

Highly experienced university lecturers and professional historians have given dynamic presentations directly relevant to the VCE history curriculum in Twentieth Century History, Revolutions and Australian History.  Click HERE to see details of the program in previous years. Participating teachers commented:

  • The presenter was so knowledgable and engaging.
  • The presenter's energy and enthusiasm was infectious and he provided a realistic perspective.
  • A wonderful overview of the successes of the time period.
  • A variety of primary sources provided.
  • I liked the lecture style presentation and providing a taste of university life.
  • Ideas / views / approach of a different teacher.
  • The presentation was good for reinforcing information as well as providing new insights.
  • A fantastic opportunity for students to access information from leading academics which is not available elsewhere.

Interested in hosting a History Roadshow tour?

Expressions of interest from schools wishing to host a History Roadshow tour are welcome at any time. A host school must be located in a regional centre outside the Melbourne metropolitan area, and should:

> Be teaching at least two VCE History subjects in the semester when the tour is scheduled

Have at least two large venues available for parallel sessions throughout the day - preferably with data-projection equipment available

> Be willing for other schools in the region to attend the History Roadshow at its premises

> Be willing for the History Teachers' Association of Victoria to display some of its publications and promote a discount offer to teachers and students on the day.  

> Nominate a teacher to liaise with our Executive Officer  by email and phone, so that the tour can be organised efficiently 

It is also helpful if a host school can provide:

> Car-parking spaces for the presenters   

> A light lunch for the presenters and teachers from participating schools

Click HERE to download the 2015 flyer calling for expressions of interest and suitable for sharing with colleagues as the basis for discussion.

For more information and to register your interest in hosting and / or attending a History Roadshow event, please contact:

Margaret Birtley
Executive Officer, History Council of Victoria Inc

Mobile:   0418 814 957

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Associate Professor Adrian Jones from La Trobe University,
presenting at Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College

The History Roadshow is developed and delivered by the History Council of Victoria with funding from the Victorian Government's Department of Education and Training (formerly the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) Strategic Partnerships Program.