Events

This calendar lists all upcoming public events that are being organised by the History Council of Victoria (HCV), plus events that are added by our Friends and Members.

If you are a Friend or a Member of the HCV and you're organising an event in Victoria, Australia that relates to History, you are welcome to publicise it here. Click on the 'Host your own event' button at the foot of this page to get started. Please note that there may be a delay (for moderation) before your event becomes visible on the website. (People who haven't yet signed up to the Friends are warmly invited to do so.)

  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 85 rsvps
    Old Treasury Building in East Melbourne, Australia

    Material Culture: Stories from Objects

    Aust Heritage Festival organisers 

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    We live in a material world, as the songs say, but decoding the objects of the past is not always straightforward. In this seminar, two leading practitioners reflect on the stories they have teased from objects.

    Sarah Hayes is a prominent historical archaeologist who researches quality of life and social mobility in 19th-century Victoria through the lives, homes and rubbish of everyday people. She is a Senior Research Fellow in the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University and has a passion for making archaeological collections more visible. Margaret Anderson is a senior museum historian with a specialist interest in women’s history. Sarah and Margaret are collaborating on a new exhibition for the Old Treasury Building, Gold in Victoria: 20 Objects, 20 Stories.

    The discussion will be chaired by Margaret Birtley, Executive Officer of the History Council of Victoria and experienced museum consultant.

    Please book your seat at this free event by clicking the RSVP button at the foot of this page.

    Update, 5 March 2018: This event is filling up fast. If you see a 'Sold Out' message instead of the RSVP button, you are welcome to join the waitlist by sending an email request to: info@historycouncilvic.org.au

    This seminar is an event in the 2018 Australian Heritage Festival, organised by the National Trusts of Australia.

    With thanks to our sponsors, Monash University Publishing and the Monash University History Program:

    Monash University Publishing   Monash University History Program 

    and the organising partners:

    Old Treasury Building     Monash University History Program      HCV

    The seminar is part of an ongoing series, Making Public Histories, that is offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building. Each seminar aims to explore issues and approaches in making public histories. The seminars are open, free of charge, to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society. Click HERE to learn about other events in the series.

    Alarming Prospect - by Leech

    Zealous Gold Diggers by artist S T GillSly Grog Shanty by artist S T GillDigger's Wedding in Melbourne by artist S T Gill

    The upper work, Alarming Prospect: Single Ladies off to the Diggings, 1853, is by artist John Leech.

    The remaining three works are by artist S T Gill: 'Zealous gold diggers', 'Sly grog shanty' and 'Digger's wedding in Melbourne'.

    All images are from the collections of State Library Victoria.

     

     

  • Monday, June 04, 2018 at 09:00 AM through June 07, 2018
    Melbourne Meat Market in North Melbourne, Australia

    Agents of Change

    The 2018 national conference of Museums Galleries Australia will be held in Melbourne.

    See the conference website for full details: http://mga2018.org.au/

  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 32 rsvps
    Old Treasury Building in East Melbourne, Australia

    Wikipedia and history

    As one of the world's top ten websites, Wikipedia has overtaken traditional publications as the world's most accessed knowledge resource. What does this mean for the telling and discovery of Australia’s multi-layered histories? Is Wikipedia telling our history well, or not?

    Built on a model of openly editable content, Wikipedia is created collaboratively. Almost anyone can contribute, providing they have Internet access, time to learn the skills, and willingness to write articles and make changes, voluntarily. Are our historians and history-focussed organisations using Wikipedia effectively to:

    • tell or edit the stories and the wider histories of our many communities?
    • disseminate knowledge in ways that enable discovery and encourage re-use and re-purposing?
    • reach new audiences?

    If not, should they be?

    This seminar will open up a new conversation between expert historians, contributors of historical information to Wikipedia, educators, and those who use Wikipedia as a secondary source for details about heritage places, historic events and significant people.

    The seminar will be chaired by Pru Mitchell, President of Wikimedia Australia.

    A panel of invited presenters will share their observations on Wikipedia’s role in representing aspects of Australian history through diverse themes, and in the context of regional, national and international relationships.

    Dr Mary Tomsic of The University of Melbourne is co-author of Balancing the history books one Wikipedia entry at a time and will discuss the role for historians to work to improve social and cultural diversity on Wikipedia.

    Justine Clark is co-founder of Parlour; women, equity, architecture. She will speak about how the Parlour team took on Wikipedia in their advocacy work on women, equity and architecture in Australia.

    Associate Professor Murray Phillips from The University of Queensland will report on his team’s digital research project, Creating Histories of the Australian Paralympic Movement, which uses Wikipedia as a platform. Murray is co-author of the 2015 book: Sport History in the Digital Era.

    The audience at this seminar will have the opportunity to present their own insights and to ask questions of the panellists.

    Please book your seat at this free event by clicking the RSVP button at the foot of this page.

    With thanks to our event sponsor, Wikimedia Australia, and the series sponsors, Monash University Publishing and the Monash University History Program:

    Monash University Publishing   Monash University History Program 

    and the organising partners:

    Old Treasury Building     Monash University History Program      HCV

    The seminar is part of an ongoing series, Making Public Histories, that is offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building. Each seminar aims to explore issues and approaches in making public histories. The seminars are open, free of charge, to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society. Click HERE to learn about other events in the series.

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