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 background information about this long-running and successful program.
Associate Professor Adrian Jones from La Trobe University
presenting at Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College
2018 - 2020 program
The History Council is funded by the Strategic Partnerships Program of the Department of Education and Training of the Victorian Government to deliver the History Roadshow over three school years: 2018, 2019 and 2020.
How does the program operate?
Click HERE to download 'Information for Schools', a PDF booklet about the 2017 History Roadshow program. An updated booklet about the 2018 program will be published early in Term 1.
What happened in 2017?
Here is the itinerary for Roadshow tours that occurred in 2017:
Shepparton (23 May) - hosted by Goulburn Valley Grammar School
Leongatha (28 July) - hosted by Mary MacKillop College
Bendigo (10 August) - hosted by Girton Grammar School
Warrnambool (16 August) - hosted by Deakin University
Sale (23 August) - hosted by Catholic College Sale
Ballarat (31 August) - hosted by Ballarat High School
Geelong (12 September) - hosted by Christian College Geelong
Click HERE to download the 2017 Itinerary showing the VCE-related subject sessions delivered (PDF, as at 12 September 2017).
What do the tours offer?
Highly experienced university lecturers and professional historians have given dynamic presentations directly relevant to the VCE history curriculum in Global Empires, Twentieth Century History, Ancient History, Australian History and Revolutions. Click HERE to see details of the program in previous years. Participating teachers commented:
- The presenter was so knowledgeable 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 being part of 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 three 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
- 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 arrange:
- Car-parking spaces for the presenters
- A light lunch for the presenters and teachers from participating schools
At the start of each year, we identify tour locations, host venues and likely dates. We then recruit presenters to match the curriculum needs of the host school and, as best we can, other schools in the region. Promotion of tours is via this webpage, and by direct email to teachers in the relevant regions of Victoria.
Teachers and presenters wishing to be involved can express interest at any time.
For more information and to register your interest in hosting and/or attending a History Roadshow event, please contact:
Executive Officer, History Council of Victoria Inc
Mobile: 0418 814 957
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 Strategic Partnerships Program.