The Role of History Today: in our cities, our institutions and our communities

Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 06:00 PM


State Library Victoria
328 Swanston St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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Event contact

Margaret Birtley

0418 814 957

How do we relate to history? What is its relevance to us today?

Hear our expert panel of professional historians tackle some of the challenges of contemporary history practice and consider what it might look like in the future.


Chris Johnston, founding Director of Context Pty Ltd
Professor Andrew May, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne
Dr Lisa Murray, City Historian, City of Sydney

Associate Professor Seamus O’Hanlon, Monash University

This seminar is a free event, but bookings are required via the State Library Victoria booking page

The seminar is part of the ongoing Making Public Histories series, exploring public history within the framework of topical issues in Australia. It is supported by the Professional Historians Association of Australia as a precursor to Working History, the 2016 national conference of the Association. Download the brochure here.

The seminar series is a joint initiative of State Library Victoria, the History Council of Victoria and Monash University. 

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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.

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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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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).





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