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.)

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 06:00 PM
    State Library Victoria in Melbourne, Australia

    The Janus face of late-totalitarian power

    Monash University's Arts faculty is delighted to invite you to the Louis Green Memorial Lecture, an annual public lecture on intellectual and social history in honour of the late Monash University historian Louis Green.

    This year, Alison Lewis, Professor of German at the University of Melbourne, explores some little-known facets of the ‘softer’ exercise of power in the GDR and, in particular, instances of what Michel Foucault called a “micro-physics of power” in the last decade of SED rule.

    The lecture will be presented on Wednesday 31 October from 6 pm to 7.30 pm at State Library Victoria. Admission is free, but bookings are essential via this website.


  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 06:00 PM · 28 rsvps
    Old Treasury Building in East Melbourne, Australia

    Curating the Anzac Centenaries: War, Memory and the Museum

    As the centenaries of the Great War come to an end, two leading Melbourne museum curators reflect on how museums have represented the experience of Australians at war over the last few years.

    As Director of Exhibitions and Collections at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, Jean McAuslan has played a central role in shaping the Shrine’s response to the Anzac centenaries.

    As Deputy Head of Humanities (Exhibitions) at Museums Victoria, Deborah Tout-Smith was Lead Curator for the World War I: Love & Sorrow exhibition at Melbourne Museum.

    Facilitator Alistair Thomson from History at Monash University is author of Anzac Memories: Living with the Legend (1994 and 2013) and was a member of the advisory team for Love and Sorrow.

    Together they will discuss: How have museums responded to the challenges and opportunities posed by the Great War centenaries? How have museum visitors experienced the war centenary exhibitions? To what extent and in what ways have museums sought to reshape what we know of and how we respond to that war and its impacts? 

    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 the series sponsors, Monash University Publishing and the Monash University History Program:

    Monash University Publishing   Monash University History Program 

    and to 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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