Making Public Histories seminar series

This seminar series, now in its tenth year and offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building, explores issues and approaches in making public histories and is open, free of charge, to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society.

The 2017 series is presented at the Old Treasury Building in Spring Street, Melbourne. Each seminar runs from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm. In the first half of 2017, the seminars are:

Performing Refugee History: Voices from Contemporary Australia

Michael Green and Stephanie Arnold 
Tuesday March 7
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Reinterpreting Heritage Houses: Re-imagining Rippon Lea

Martin Green, Graeme Davison and Linda Young
Tuesday May 2
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Making Digital Aural History: Australian Lives: An Intimate History  

Anisa Puri and Alistair Thomson
Tuesday June 6
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The seminars are free of charge but seating is limited, so we ask you to RSVP to book your place. 


Making Public Histories explores contemporary issues in historical research and production. The audience is diverse, ranging from professional, academic and community historians through to anyone interested in the creation, use and impact of history. The seminars respond to themes such as: new exhibitions or historical anniversaries; historical controversies; innovative ways of researching, producing and disseminating history; and history in different media. From time to time the seminars showcase visiting historians from overseas or interstate whose work will engage a Victorian audience.

Over time, Making Public Histories has explored a range of issues and approaches in the making of public histories. The program was initiated in 2008 by State Library Victoria, the History Council of Victoria and Monash University. The seminars were presented at State Library Victoria from 2008 to 2016.To read about recent programs, click the year:  2014 / 2015 / 2016 

 Panel ay S T Gill seminar

The chair, Alison Inglis, congratulates panellists
(L-R) Sasha Grishin, Jan Croggon and Andrew Lemon
at the conclusion of the ST Gill seminar
at State Library Victoria, 29 September 2015. 
Photo credit: History Council of Victoria

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