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.

Information about History Week 2018 coming soon.

Featured events

Annual History Lecture 2017

The Popular is Political:

Struggles over national culture in 1970s Australia

How did popular culture make sense of the social change of the 1970s? Was the popularity of the ocker a reaction to the women’s movement? And how did popular histories on film and television contribute to this cultural contest?

The History Council of NSW is proud to announce its popular Annual History Lecture will be delivered by Associate Professor Michelle Arrow (Macquarie University). Join us for history and nibbles!

The Annual History Lecture is supported by Create NSW, Sydney Living Museums and De Bortoli Wines.

When: 6-9pm, Tuesday 5 September 2017
Where: The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: $45 HCNSW Members / $50 General Admission (excl fees)
SPECIAL OFFER: $30 Students – contact us to claim the offer.

Credit: Susan Papuan photography

2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards

Presentation and Launch of History Week

Join us for a glittering evening as we announce the winners of the 2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards and officially launch History Week 2017.

The NSW Premier’s History Awards were first presented in 1997 to honour distinguished achievements in history by Australian authors. They assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication, and encourage everyone to appreciate and learn from the work of our historians. The winners of the 2017 NSW Premier’s History Awards will be announced at a presentation and cocktail reception event held in the State Library of NSW’s historic Mitchell Building.

When: Friday 1 September 2017, 6:00–9:00pm
Where: Gallery Room, Mitchell Library, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: $50 General, $45 Concession

Hashtags, Heroines, and Histories

Popular Culture in History

The Department of Modern History, Macquarie University, in conjunction with the Centre for Media History and the Centre of Applied History, present a symposium that explores the different ways popular culture is and can be used in historical research. Presenters will investigate not only the history of popular culture, but also how different cultural texts both shape and are shaped by political and social forces. In a landscape where presidential tweets can act as official statements, where #blacklivesmatter and diversity of gender and racial representation has taken on increasing significance, asking questions of the political and cultural possibilities and limits of popular culture is as important as ever.

When: Monday 4 September 2017, 12:30pm–5:00pm
Where: Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: $10 (excludes fees), includes afternoon tea

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.

See the full list of History Week Speaker Connect to the right or at events.historyweek.com.au

Please note, the expressions of interest to host a speaker during History Week are now closed. Find out more about our year-round Speaker Connect program.

Order and Disorder: Madness in Penal New South Wales

Moruya and District Historical Society host Dr James Dunk for a Speaker Connect talk on madness in penal and colonial New South Wales: Sat 25 Nov 2pm.

The state of New South Wales during the Great War

Sutherland Shire Historical Society host Dr Naomi Parry for a special speaker connect event revealing the impact of the Great War on the people of NSW.

The Mirror’s Writing Women

This History Week, Inner West Cultural Services will host Cathy Perkins, who will explore the female writers at the Australian Woman’s Mirror: Sun 3 Sept.

“What sorta man are you anyway”: Contested Masculinities in Australian Postwar Cinema

This History Week, Lake Mac Libraries will host Chelsea Barnett as she explores how masculinity was represented in postwar Australian cinema: Sat 2 Sept.

Punk: So What’s New?

This History Week, Fairfield City Museum & Gallery will host Fiona Reilly as she explores history’s outrageous fashions: Wed 6 Sept.

Sydney on screen: how the moving image shaped a city

This History Week, Ashfield Library will host James Findlay as he explores Sydney’s vibrant cinematic history: Mon 4 Sept.

Cycling Communities: Bicycle Clubs in Australia

This History Week, The Oaks Historical Society will host Marc Rerceretnam for a look at the history of Australian cycling clubs: Sat 2 Sept.

A. L. Lloyd and Australian folklore

This History Week, Sutherland Shire Libraries will host Mark Gregory as he explores the life of A. L. Lloyd and Australian folk music: Mon 4 Sept.

May Gibbs in popular culture

This History Week, City of Canada Bay Library Service will host Alison Wishart as she examines the enduring legacy of May Gibbs: Wed 6 Sept.

Plein air, place and passion: artist Greg Hansell

This History Week, Mid-Western Regional Library will host Carol Roberts as she explores history and the work of Greg Hansell: Mon 4 Sept.

The popular culture of long distance love

This History Week, the Singleton Public Library will host Alison Wishart as she shares stories and letters of long distance love: Thurs 7 Sept.

Mozart and ‘The Doll’: the Elizabethan Theatre Trust and the Institutionalisation of Cultural Hierarchy

This History Week, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts will host Richard Waterhouse to explore tensions between ‘high’ and ‘pop’ culture: Wed 6 Sep.

Popular Culture as Political Performance: The Meaning of Public Drinking in Colonial NSW

This History Week, Camden Library will host Matthew Allen for a look at the political performance of public drinking in colonial NSW: Sat 2 Sept.

Crime Pays: Crooks, History and Popular Culture

This History Week, Wollongong City Libraries will host Rachel Franks who will expose criminals from Australia’s history: Tues 5 Sept.

Did you attend a History Week event? Help us improve our programs

About History Week

Now in it’s 20th year, History Week is the History Council of NSW’s flagship event which engages communities across New South Wales.

Each year History Council of NSW members collaborate to host events that explore a particular theme. From talks to exhibitions, tours to online engagement, there is something for everyone.

Find out more below, check out our Frequently Asked Questions to the right or contact us at admin@historycouncilnsw.org.au.

Do I have to be a History Council member to participate?
History Week events are open to the public. However, all organisations or individuals wishing to host a History Week event or take part in the History Week Speaker Connect program must be current members of the History Council of NSW. The History Council relies on the financial support of its members to deliver its annual programs. Apply to become a member here.
What makes a successful History Week event?

Successful History Week events:

  • relate to or incorporate the History Week theme;
  • select a running time most appropriate for the target audience (for example, many students, full-time workers and young people are unable to attend events scheduled during the day. We advise hosts to consider running an event outside of regular office hours to attract wider audiences);
  • select a format most appropriate for the target audience (for example, a lecture, exhibition, interactive/immersive experience;
  • are well and consistently promoted at least one month in advance and across a variety of channels, in addition to the History Council of NSW’s online channels;
  • have a clear, concise and engaging event description, along with an eye-catching and relevant feature image, which entices audiences to attend;
  • include clear instructions on how attendees can book or register for the event, whether this be through an online booking system, or via a contact email or phone number.
What is the History Week event registration process?
  1. All History Week event registrations must be made through the History Council of NSW’s (HCNSW) online registration form. Please note: registrations for 2017  are now closed;
  2. Registrations will be processed as they are received. HCNSW staff will contact you to confirm the details of your registration, including the event title, description, image and contact person. The contact person listed on the registration form will be the primary liaison between the host organisation and HCNSW staff;
  3. Changes to any of these details must be sent immediately to the HCNSW at admin@historycouncilnsw.org.au;
  4. After registrations for History Week 2017 close, HCNSW staff will begin to post events on the HCNSW History Week website, starting with Speaker Connect events. A downloadable program will also be made available;
  5. Events will be circulated and advertised throughout the months of July and August. Event hosts are strongly encouraged to advertise their selected event through a variety of their own channels in addition to HCNSW channels;
  6. After History Week, event hosts will be approached to provide feedback on their experience of the event and its organisation and promotion. Detailed and specific feedback is greatly appreciated;
  7. The HCNSW will release a History Week report for download on the HCNSW website.
Do you have a media pack and guide?

We have made a media pack available for our host organisations to assist in publicity. Download our logo, History Week graphics, publicity guide and media release template below.

HCNSW logo (jpeg 62kb)
History Week postcard (pdf 1.2MB)
History Week poster (pdf 1.9MB)
Publicity guide (pdf 162kb)
Media release template (docx 1.3MB)

Please contact us at admin@historycouncilnsw.org.au for assistance.

How can I provide feedback?

If you attended a History Week event, feel free to share your thoughts and experiences through our short survey.

If our member organisations/individuals wish to share their feedback about their experience hosting an event for History Week, let us know your thoughts at our host survey.

If our Speaker Connect speakers would like to share their feedback about their experience during History Week Speaker Connect, let us know your thoughts at our speaker survey.

Create NSW logoHistory Week is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW. We acknowledge the support of our History Week partners: State Library of NSW, Sydney Living Museums, Macquarie University, City of Sydney and Dictionary of Sydney, and sponsor De Bortoli Wines.

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