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!

History and Fiction seminar

Get in early to book for History and Fiction, a Making Public Histories seminar on Tuesday 28 August 2018. 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 please RSVP (using the above link) to reserve your seat. 

History Slam

Save the afternoon of Sunday 14 October 2018 for a History Slam at Melbourne Museum featuring Mama Alto and a number of historians who’ll each speak for three minutes about Contested Histories. Organised collaboratively by the History Council of Victoria, the Professional Historians Association (Victoria) and Museums Victoria, this will be a stimulating way to conclude History Week 2018.


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!


Forthcoming: The History Slam on Sunday 14 October 2018 will be a ticketed event. HCV Friends will receive a discounted rate. There’ll be more news about this in a future Alert email to the Friends.


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.) 

Forthcoming: We are planning a week-day activity that will take Friends behind-the-scenes at State Library Victoria with expert staff leading the tour. Date and time will be arranged by consultation. (Friends are welcome to register interest in joining this tour by sending an email to the HCV Executive Officer.)


Gather socially with a focus on history; drinks at bar prices; bring a Future Friend!

Forthcoming: In November / December 2018, the HCV will host an end of year festive gathering at an inner Melbourne venue. Details soon!


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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