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.

2024 is the seventeenth year for the Making Public Histories series. The program will be delivered as webinars via Zoom.

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Past events:

2023 events:

Behind the Scenes: Making History Exhibitions

Culture in Overseas Embassies: Buildings that Evoke Australia

Australia's Broken Years? Joan Beaumont & Alastair Thomson


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


The History Council of Victoria Incorporated (HCV) is the peak body for history in the Australian state of Victoria. Its vision is to connect Victorians with history and to inspire engagement with the past, their identity and the world today. The HCV champions the work of historians and the value of history. It recognises that history can be written about any place, any person, any period. The HCV advocates why history matters.

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Our calendar lists all upcoming public events arranged by the History Council of Victoria (HCV), plus events in Victoria, Australia, that are added by our Friends and Members.

If you are organising an event that relates to History, we encourage you to publicise it on our website.

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As the peak body for history in Victoria, the History Council makes submissions on current issues. In doing this, the HCV Board is guided by its Advocacy Policy and by the Value of History, a statement developed co-operatively by the HCV and the History Councils of New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

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Since 2015, the HCV has been pleased to sponsor the Years 9 and 10 category of the Historical Fiction Competition organised by the History Teachers' Association of Victoria.

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The HCV was formed as an advisory body in 2001 and incorporated in 2003. It comprises representatives from cultural and educational institutions and heritage bodies; history teachers and curriculum advisors; academic and professional historians; and local, Indigenous, community and specialist history organisations.

As the peak body for history, the HCV has both ‘outward-looking’ roles (including advocacy and representation to government and the wider community, consultation, community education, and networking with allied interest groups) and ‘inward-looking’ roles (including member support, information dissemination, and networking between members).



The History Council of Victoria acknowledges the State Library of Victoria and the Public Record Office Victoria for supply of the archival images that appear on this website.

We acknowledge the National Film and Sound Archive for the right to use of the video footage on the home page, titled "Melbourne: Life in Australia (1966)".

Image credits

  • Italian sailors on ship at Port Melbourne 1938, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese procession in Collins near Elizabeth Street 1901, Harvie & Sutcliffe, photographers, State Library of Victoria
  • People’s homes, Aboriginal station Coranderrk 1878, Fred Kruger Photographer, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese nurses at Children’s Hospital under scholarship 1947, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Ladies physical culture class VRI Melbourne c1931, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001, 011/02
  • Melbourne Cup, Derby and Oaks Day, Flemington Racecourse 1936, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001/4802, 372/30
  • Flinders Street viaduct at foot of Market Street with advertisement for McRobertson’s Chocolate on bridge, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12800/P0003, ADV 1342