History Week 2017 coming soon!

History Week: Pop!

2-10 September 2017  |  #HistoryWeek17

History Week 2017 seeks to examine, unravel and understand Australian ‘popular culture’. As History Week enters its 20th year, History Council of NSW members are invited to celebrate popular culture across the decades, to investigate its construction and analyse its impact on communities and individuals.

How has popular culture, whether it be music, theatre, dance, film, television, sport or fashion, changed over time? Who defines it, and why? What does popular culture mean on an individual, community, regional and national level? How has the ‘digital age’ and 21st century technological change influenced popular culture? Have we entered a ‘new age’ of popular culture with audiences as creators, shifts in authority and more democratic modes of creative expression? Is history now part of popular culture?

History Week will explore these questions and many more from 2 to 10 September 2017.

Register your History Week event here, or contact us at admin@historycouncilnsw.org.au if you have any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: You must be a member of the History Council of NSW to register an event for History Week 2017.

History Week is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW

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Featured events

Annual History Lecture

Details coming soon!


Speaker Connect

Each year, the History Council of NSW offers host organisations across Sydney and regional NSW the chance to receive speakers during History Week. Host organisations and speakers are invited to express an interest in participating in our program. Find out more and apply at the links below, or contact us at admin@historycouncilnsw.org.au.

Speaker Connect 2016

History Week with The Port of Yamba Historical Society Inc.

Lesley Pickering, from The Port of Yamba Historical Society Inc., recounts their History Week 2016 Speaker Connect talk on Australia’s Antarctic empire.

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Everyone has at least one really good story

Join oral historian Benjamin Thorn at Grafton Library as he explores how the oral history of ordinary people can be an excellent historical tool.

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Women radio broadcasters and their listeners

At Moruya, Dr Jeannine Baker will reveal the ways women listeners actively participated in radio broadcasting and shaped programme content and style.

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From Canton to the colonies: Chinese women in 19th century New South Wales

In 1871 there were just 12 Chinese women in NSW. At Corrimal Library, Dr Kate Bagnall will explore four of these women and their lives around the colony.

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Deathly Neighbours: the evolution of Sydney’s cemeteries

At Ashfield Library, City Historian Lisa Murray will explore the design of Sydney’s cemeteries and how friends and neighbours were treated in death.

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Territorial Myths: The construction of legend and historical ownership in country town communities in the 20th century

At Tamworth Library, Dr Louise Prowse explores how country towns took ownership of folk myths and historical legends in order to form distinct identities.

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More than just neighbours: Māori in NSW since 1793

At Addison Road Community Centre, Hohepa Ruhe will explore Māori history and heritage in NSW that spans 223 years, connecting past and present.

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Macarthur and Harris, and the Kings who came between

In this History Week, Jo Henwood will explore historic neighbours John Macarthur, John Harris and Governor King at Katoomba Library and Cultural Centre.

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Deathly Neighbours: the evolution of Sydney’s cemeteries

At Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, Lisa Murray will explore the design of Sydney’s cemeteries and how friends and neighbours were treated in death.

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Finding the ‘Perfect Blend’ in an Undervalued Genre

At Margaret Martin Library, Dr Liz Giuffre and Dr Sarah Attfield will examine television soap opera Neighbours as a piece of Australian media history.

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Australia’s Southern Empire: How Antarctica was made Australian

At Yamba Museum, Rohan Howitt traces the origins of the Australian Antarctic Territory and the fascination it inspired in the Australian community.

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History Week 2017: Pop!

The History Council of NSW is excited to announce the theme for History Week 2017 is ‘popular culture’. History Week 2017: Pop! 2-10 September 2017.

History Week 2016 Report

Each year, the History Council of NSW prepares a report on its flagship event, History Week. Read the report for History Week 2016 ‘Neighbours’ here.

About History Week

Now in it’s 19th year, History Week is a significant event that engages local communities on the NSW cultural calendar. Each year members of the History Council of NSW collaborate to host events that explore a particular theme. From talks to exhibitions, tours to online engagement, there is something for everyone. With over 100 events across NSW, History Week is about celebrating the best in community and professional history, highlighting its role in our cultural life and
inviting people to get involved. During History Week, community groups, local councils, libraries, archives, museums, universities, cultural institutions, professional and amateur historians across NSW open their doors to present the latest in today’s historical research – fascinating stories, artefacts and experiences about both our past and ourselves today.


To showcase history in an innovative and exciting format


To provide educational experiences that reach students and the general public and promote lifelong learning opportunities


To attract new audiences to history, demonstrating that history is exciting, relevant and all around us


To present audiences with rich and diverse histories relevant to all aspects of our community

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