History Week

Now in it’s 20th year, History Week is the History Council of NSW’s flagship event which engages communities across NSW, celebrates the best in community and professional history and highlights history’s important role in our cultural life.

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

History Week: Pop!

2-10 September 2017

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?

Film actress Eva Novak and husband-director William Reed on the set of “The Romance of Runnibede”, 1927, by Sam Hood, courtesy State Library of NSW.

History Week aims


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

History Week 2016


History Week 2015

War, Nationalism and Identity

History Week 2014

The Great War

History Week 2013

Picture This

History Week 2012


History Week 2011

Eat History

History Week 2010

Faces in the Street

History Week 2009

Scandals, Crime and Corruption

History Week 2008

The Water’s Edge

History Week 2007

Legacies: Find Your Place In History

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