Making Public Histories seminar series



Making Public Histories is a seminar/webinar series offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building. Each event aims to explore issues and approaches in making public histories. The seminars/webinars are open to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society.

2022 is the fifteenth year for the Making Public Histories series. The program will be delivered as webinars via Zoom.

Thank you for joining us in 2022, stay tuned for our 2023 plan of events!


2022 events:

Refugee Lives, Memories and Communities, November 2022

Doing Environmental History in Urgent Times, September 2022

Making Australian History, July 2022

Historians on Australian Politics, May 2022

Unpicking the gendered body: new research in the history and material culture of clothes, March 2022

2021 events:

Child Labour and Slavery - Thursday 25 November at 5pm 

Women's Lives, Women's Bodies - Thursday 23 September at 5pm

Australia's Marine Environment: The History and Politics of Exploitation and Conservation on Thursday 22 July from 5pm - 6.30pm

Populism, Democracy and Covid-19 on Thursday 27 May, 2021 from 5pm - 6:30pm

Infectious Disease and Public Health: Lessons from History on Thursday 22 April, 2021 from 5pm - 6:30pm

Teasing Women's Stories from the Archives on Thursday March 04, 2021 from 5pm - 6:30pm


Admission is free of charge but we ask you to RSVP to register your participation. For the webinars, a Zoom link will be sent by email to all who register.

We acknowledge our partners and the generous sponsorship provided by Old Treasury Building, the Monash University History Program and Monash University Publishing

and the support offered by our event sponsors, Monash University Publishing.

Making Public Histories explores contemporary issues in historical research and production. The audience is diverse, ranging from professional, academic and community historians through to anyone interested in the creation, use and impact of history. The seminars respond to themes such as: new exhibitions or historical anniversaries; historical controversies; innovative ways of researching, producing and disseminating history; and history in different media. From time to time the seminars showcase visiting historians from overseas or interstate whose work will engage a Victorian audience.

Over time, Making Public Histories has explored a range of issues and approaches in the making of public histories. The program was initiated in 2008 by Monash University, State Library Victoria and the History Council of Victoria. From 2008 to 2016, the seminars were presented at State Library Victoria. Since 2017, the Old Treasury Building has been the venue for all face-to-face seminars.

To read about past programs, click the year:  2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 / 2020

To find out how to stay in touch with the three organisations that present these events, click HERE.

 Panel ay S T Gill seminar

The chair, Alison Inglis, congratulates panellists
(L-R) Sasha Grishin, Jan Croggon and Andrew Lemon
at the conclusion of the ST Gill seminar
at State Library Victoria, 29 September 2015. 
Photo credit: History Council of Victoria