The HCV Friends program was launched in October 2017 at the Old Treasury Building, Melbourne. Since then, various activities have been organised for the Friends. Some events are also open to "Future Friends" - i.e. people who are friends or family of an HCV Friend and who might be interested in signing up to the program in the future.
On this page you will find information about a selection of previous and current events and opportunities.
Receive advance notice of events; make your booking ahead of the mainstream publicity; bring a Future Friend!
The 'Alert' emails (sent to all Friends) will provide advance notice of HCV events whenever possible.
FRIENDS ON THE ROAD
Visit unusual collections and participate in regional programs; bring a Future Friend!
Get discounts on ticket prices and other special offers!
Save the date: While Victoria is under health restrictions due to the global coronavirus pandemic, many online events are being offered free of charge - meaning that discounts aren't available.
- HCV Annual Lecture, Thursday 8 October 2020
- HCV Annual Lectures, 2017, 2018 and 2019
- History Slam on 'Contested History' at History Week 2018
- Official launch of the Friends, 19 October 2017
Enjoy Friends-only events and opportunities!
- Friends 'Alert' email
- Publicise your own event via the HCV Calendar - follow the guidance provided in the second paragraph of this web page
- Discounted offer for the history of state secondary schooling in Victoria by Dr John Andrews and Dr Deborah Towns, released by Australian Scholarly Publishing in 2018. (Details of the offer are provided to new Friends when they sign up. Earlier Friends can request a reminder from the HCV Executive Officer.)
- In December 2020, our end-of-year event with members of our Board, the Friends and future friends was held as a Zoom meeting. It included a panel discussion on History in a Time of Pandemic: Nourishment, Consolation and Guidance featuring HCV Board members Professor Peter McPhee, Dr Susie Protschky and Dr Yves Rees, plus a farewell to Margaret Birtley who has retired as our Executive Officer after seven years’ service. Click HERE for details and to access a recording of the meeting.
- In October 2020, a group of Friends joined a Zoom meeting to hear a presentation from Tim Hogan of State Library Victoria on Pandemics and epidemics from the past: The Victorian experience revealed through the collections of the State Library of Victoria. Click HERE for details and to access a recording of the meeting.
- In June 2019, fourteen Friends visited the Library of the Royal United Services Institute of Victoria at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne. Please click HERE for full details.
- In September 2018, a dozen Friends joined a free behind-the-scenes tour at State Library Victoria, led by expert staff. Please click HERE for full details.
Gather socially with a focus on history; drinks at bar prices (or included in ticket price); bring a Future Friend!
Save the date: While Victoria is under health restrictions due to the global coronavirus pandemic, we must defer our face-to-face social program.
On Thursday 5 December 2019, the Friends and HCV Board members gathered Melbourne's Docklands for an end-of-year gathering at which we learned from Dr Jackie Watts OAM and Major General (Ret.) Michael O'Brien about the new Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network.
On Wednesday 21 November 2018, the Friends and HCV Board members gathered at Young and Jackson’s hotel, Swanston Street, Melbourne for an end-of-year dinner. Archaeologist Meg Goulding updated us on the excavations at the Metro tunnel site just north of the hotel. During 2018 the site yielded important information about Melbourne’s first school and attracted widespread media attention.
The FRIENDS’ ALERT email is sent occasionally and exclusively to all HCV Friends. It provides information, updates and reminders, usually under the same headings as listed above.