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
2015 - 2017 program
The History Council was 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: 2015, 2016 and 2017.
How did the program operate?
Click HERE to download 'Information for Schools', a PDF booklet about the 2017 History Roadshow program.
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).
What happened in 2016?
Here is the itinerary for Roadshow tours that occurred in 2016:
Rosebud (17 May) - hosted by Rosebud Secondary College. (Click here to read the report on page 4 of their Newsletter.)
Shepparton (27 May) - hosted by Goulburn Valley Grammar School
Bendigo (9 August) - hosted by Girton Grammar School.
Ballarat (17 August) - hosted by the Barkly campus of Ballarat Secondary College.
Geelong (6 September) - hosted by Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College. (Click here for the History Council's Media Release issued 7 September to participating schools, to assist with their school newsletters.)
What happened in 2015?
All tours in 2015 commenced 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 was available to History students in Years 9 and 10 as well as in the VCE.
The final tour for 2015 was:
BENDIGO - Wednesday 9 September 2015: Hosted by Girton Grammar School, the program included sessions on Twentieth Century History, Australian History and Revolutions (China). Each of the expert presenters has contributed to at least one earlier tour this year:
|Elizabeth Morgan at Ballarat, 18 August, on History of Revolutions (China)|
|Dr Charles Fahey at Ballarat, 18 August, on Australian History|
|Professor Joe Siracusa at Geelong, 14 August, on Twentieth Century History|
Other tours completed in 2015 were:
SHEPPARTON - Thursday 28 May 2015. Our host was Goulburn Valley Grammar School with sessions on Twentieth Century History and Revolutions (France; Russia).
ROSEBUD - Tuesday 21 July 2015. Our host was Rosebud Secondary College with sessions on Twentieth Century History, Revolutions (China) and Australian History. Click HERE to read Rosebud SC's report on the tour.
GEELONG - Friday 14 August 2015: Our host was Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College with sessions on Twentieth Century History, Australian History and Revolutions (China and Russia).
BALLARAT - Tuesday 18 August 2015: Our host was Ballarat Secondary College (Barkly Senior Campus) with sessions on Twentieth Century History, Australian History and Revolutions (China).
There was insufficient demand for the tour planned for MAFFRA on Tuesday 23 June 2015, so this event was 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.
We attempted to arrange a tour to LEONGATHA but could not achieve a match of date, venue and availability of the Roadshow team. We are happy to try again in 2016.
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 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 (formerly the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development) Strategic Partnerships Program.