History Roadshow

What is the History Roadshow?

The History Roadshow is a free program of presentations tailored to regional Victorian students of History in Years 11 and 12. The program aims to provide VCE students with rich curriculum-related opportunities to engage with academic and professional historians.

Click HERE for background information about this long-running and successful program.

Dr Rhiannon Evans presents on Ancient RomeDr Rhiannon Evans from La Trobe University presenting on Ancient Rome
to students gathered at the Christian College in Geelong, September 2017.

2018 - 2020 program

The History Council is funded by the Strategic Partnerships Program of the Department of Education and Training of the Victorian Government to deliver the History Roadshow over three school years: 2018, 2019 and 2020. 

How does the program operate?

The program is guided at all times by the HCV's Child Safe policy.

Click HERE to download 'Information for Schools', a PDF booklet about the 2018 History Roadshow program. This booklet provides information for teachers, schools and host venues and serves as an indicative guide for the 2019 program. 

A separate booklet, 'Information for Presenters', is also available. Potential presenters can request it from the History Council - see details at the foot of this page.

What happened in 2018?

Tours were made to six regional destinations:

Churchill - Federation University Australia - Wednesday 1 August

Click HERE to download the Booking Form (in Word format)

Bookings closed on Wednesday 25 July


Warrnambool - Deakin University - Monday 13 August

Click HERE to download the Booking Form (in Word format)

Bookings closed on Monday 6 August


Ballarat - Federation University Australia (Mt Helen campus) - Friday 17 August

Click HERE to download the Booking Form (in Word format)

Bookings closed on Thursday 9 August


Geelong - Northern Bay College (Corio) - Friday 31 August

Click HERE to download the Booking Form (in Word format)

Bookings closed on Thursday 23 August


Wangaratta - Galen Catholic College - Friday 7 September

Click HERE to download the Booking Form (in Word format)

Bookings closed on Thursday 30 August


Bendigo - Girton Grammar School - Tuesday 11 September

Click HERE to download the Booking Form (in Word format)

Bookings closed on Tuesday 4 September

What do the tours offer?

Highly experienced university lecturers and professional historians offer dynamic presentations directly relevant to the VCE history curriculum in Global Empires, Twentieth Century History, Ancient History, Australian History and Revolutions.  Click HERE to see details of the program in previous years. Participating teachers commented:

  • The presenter was so knowledgeable and engaging.
  • The presenter's energy and enthusiasm was infectious and he provided a realistic perspective.
  • A wonderful overview of the successes of the time period.
  • A variety of primary sources provided.
  • I liked the lecture style presentation and providing a taste of university life.
  • Ideas / views / approach of a different teacher.
  • The presentation was good for reinforcing information as well as providing new insights.
  • A fantastic opportunity for students to access information from leading academics which is not available elsewhere.

Adrian_Jones.jpgAssociate Professor Adrian Jones from La Trobe University
presenting at Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College.

Interested in being part of a History Roadshow tour?

Expressions of interest are welcome at any time from:

  • Potential presenters with specialist knowledge in an area of the VCE History curriculum
  • Teachers wishing to bring their students to a History Roadshow tour, and/or to join the email list for information about future tours
  • Supervisors of Distance Education students enrolled in a VCE History subject
  • Potential host venues (i.e. schools and other venues wishing to host a History Roadshow tour)

Host venues

Venues must be located in a regional centre outside the Melbourne metropolitan area.

A host venue should:

  • Have at least three venues available for parallel sessions throughout the day - preferably with data-projection equipment available
  • Be willing for schools in the region to attend the History Roadshow at its premises
  • Nominate a person to liaise with our Executive Officer by email and phone, so that the tour can be organised efficiently

A host school should:

  • Be teaching at least two VCE History subjects in the semester when the tour is scheduled

It is also helpful if a venue can arrange:

  • Car-parking spaces for the presenters 
  • Administrative assistance in organising a light lunch for the presenters and teachers from participating schools

At the start of each year, we identify tour locations, host venues and likely dates. We then recruit presenters to match the curriculum needs of schools in the region. Promotion of tours is via this webpage, and by direct email to teachers in the relevant regions of Victoria.


For more information and to register your interest in the History Roadshow, please contact:

Margaret Birtley
Executive Officer, History Council of Victoria Inc
Mobile: 0418 814 957
Email: info@historycouncilvic.org.au


The History Roadshow is developed and delivered by the History Council of Victoria with funding from the Victorian Government's Department of Education and Training Strategic Partnerships Program.

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