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, October 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM · $150.00 AUD
    Deakin Downtown in Melbourne, Australia

    Victorian Museums and Galleries Forum 2019

    The theme of the 2019 Forum is ‘The Healthy Museum’ and will bring together AMaGA members, students and the wider community to hear from museum and gallery professionals from around the world, network and discuss current issues in the sector. 

    The 'Healthy Museum' theme is at the forefront of new learning and research, especially around the themes of health, happiness, sustainability, education and wellbeing. The Forum aims to provide delegates with information and discussions that demonstrate how museums and galleries can create a healthier, happier future for both our sector and the wider public. The forum will address some of the critical current issues such as wellbeing, sustainability, and inclusivity in the sector.  

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 06:00 PM · $12.00 AUD
    Melbourne Museum Theatre in Carlton, Australia

    Anarchy in the Archive: The Protest Collection at Museums Victoria

    Museum curators have been out and about documenting a number of significant political, Indigenous, environmental and feminist protest movements in recent years including Marriage Equality, Women’s March on Melbourne and School Climate Strike.

    The material collected sits alongside material from seminal movements such as the fight for the 8 hour day, women’s right to vote and the 1967 referendum. What does this new material tell us about current protest culture?

    Curators will share what they have been adding to your State Heritage Collection and then Kristy Dickinson, from Haus of Dizzy, will lead a Q and A with the voices these collection are raising.


    Kristy Dickinson, Haus of Dizzy Founder

    Kimberley Moulton, Senior Curator at Museums Victoria

    Bec Carland, Senior Curator at Museums Victoria

    Michael Reason, Curator at Museums Victoria

    Representatives from the School Strike for Climate and Marriage Equality movements

    For further information, and to book, please visit:

  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Old Treasury Building in East Melbourne, Australia

    Ephemera as historical sources

    Paint label      Showbag


    Historical sources' survival may be the result of chance rather than deliberate and careful preservation. How do historians locate and use material that was never designed to be retained? This seminar considers the importance of ephemera: material that carries printed information that was not intended to be kept or preserved.

    The seminar will be facilitated by Mandy Bede, President of the Ephemera Society of Australia. We will hear three presentations, followed by questions from the audience and opportunity for discussion. The presentations are:

    Out of the bag and into the archive: Royal Melbourne Show ephemera

    Abstract: From tickets, posters, prize cards and maps to the ubiquitous showbag, the Royal Melbourne Show is a treasure trove for the ephemerist. As collection objects and historical resources, Show ephemera are both invaluable records of a community event and evocative snapshots of life.

    Presenter: Dr Annette Shiell, Senior Curator Heritage, Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria

    Where worlds collide: ephemera in science

    Abstract: Charged with the history of collections at Museums Victoria, Rebecca researches the people and motivations that shaped the collection. In this talk she reveals the surprising depth that can come from using the often ignored ephemera of science.

    Presenter: Rebecca Carland, Senior Curator, History of Collections & Scientific Art at Museums Victoria

    Hazardous goods: the case of white lead in household paint

    Abstract: We tend to associate household paint charts and advertising leaflets with choice of colour or homemaking aspirations. Using ephemera as a primary documentary resource, this presentation will, however, chart another story—the popularity and decline of toxic lead-based paint.

    Presenter: Richard Aitken, a Melbourne-based historian, curator, and writer


    Bookings for this free event are now open. To reserve your seat, click on 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 - some current titles   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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