Friends' events

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 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!

War, Memory and the Museum seminar

The final Making Public Histories seminar for 2018 is scheduled for Tuesday 13 November and has an Armistice Day theme: "Curating the Anzac Centenaries: War, Memory and the Museum".  

As with all seminars in the 2018 Making Public Histories series, this event will be held at the Old Treasury Building in Spring Street, Melbourne, from 6.00 to 7.30 pm. The series is coordinated by the HCV in partnership with Monash University and the Old Treasury Building. There is no charge, but we ask all attendees to RSVP to reserve their seats. Bookings are now open: click HERE to learn more about the event and to book your seat.


Visit unusual collections and participate in regional programs; bring a Future Friend!

Completed: Field trip to Central Goldfields, 14 July 2018


Get discounts on ticket prices and other special offers!



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.) 

Completed: On Tuesday 25 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; bring a Future Friend!

Forthcoming: The HCV's end-of-year gathering starts at 6 pm on Wednesday 21 November 2018, at Young and Jackson’s hotel, Swanston Street, Melbourne.

We’ll hear from archaeologist Meg Goulding who will update us on the excavations at the Metro tunnel site just north of the hotel. The site has already yielded important information about Melbourne’s first school and has attracted widespread media attention.

Tickets at $35 per head include dinner (one course, a la carte, plus coffee) in the private dining room, upstairs near Chloe’s Bar. Drinks can be purchased at the bar.

Bookings are now open for HCV Friends and Board members. (See the email sent on 8 November.)

Not yet a Friend? Click HERE to join.


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.



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