History Week: Life and Death
1-9 September 2018 | #HistoryWeek18
History Week is the annual, state-wide celebration of history organised by the History Council of New South Wales.
Initiated by the HCNSW in 1997, History Week is a fantastic opportunity for member organisations, large and small, throughout NSW to engage and educate the community about the vitality, diversity and meaning of history and its practice.
What happens in History Week?
Members apply through the HCNSW to host history events relating to the annual theme. Previous events have included talks and lectures, ‘behind the scene tours’ and heritage trails, exhibitions and radio features, film festivals, open historic houses and gardens, book sales and launches.
In 2018, History Week commences on 31 August with the NSW Premier’s History Awards. Another feature event is the Annual History Lecture and Awards on the night of 4 September. Overall, there are close to 100 events being staged throughout NSW in History Week.
How can members be involved in History Week 2018?
You and your organisation can take advantage of the week and promote your organisation by hosting an event that you create, by hosting a history speaker through our Speaker Connect program and/or attending the NSW Premier’s History Awards at the State Library of NSW and the History Council’s Annual History Lecture and Awards. Your event will form part of the HCNSW’s media campaign and be promoted in the History Week 2018 Program Calendar on our website.
What is the theme of History Week 2018?
The theme of History Week 2018 is ‘Life and Death’, which will explore life’s defining moments and the impact of death on communities across time. This rich palette includes:
- life’s milestones and how different cultures come to terms with death
- how we commemorate people’s lives
- what rituals and burial practices reveal about our relationship with and understanding of life and death
- how death has been feared, used as a form of punishment and shattered communities
- how communities have rebuilt after loss, shared stories across generations and inspired remembrance and creative expression.
Further details about events and how you can engage with History Week 2018 can be found below, or the interactive program button to the right.
Images: Sam Hood, PXE 789, State Library of NSW (left) and National Library of Australia (centre and right): Eugene de Balk nla.obj-137931560 and Joseph Lycett nla.obj-138501624
ANNUAL HISTORY LECTURE & AWARDS
Warnings from the grave:
Death, glory and memory in Australian cemeteries
with Dr Lisa Murray | 6pm, 4 September, The Mint, Sydney
Cemeteries are storehouses of history and rightly form part of our national heritage. To truly understand the Australian way of death we must appreciate cemeteries as cultural landscapes, analyse the social and economic history of funerary practices and consider the fickle nature of memory and commemoration.
In our 2018 Annual History Lecture, Dr Lisa Murray will survey the history of Australian cemeteries, highlighting the central role memory has played in their fates. She will reflect upon the beauty, value and threats to our national heritage.
In addition, the History Council of NSW will present the following prestigious history awards:
- Aboriginal History Prize
- Annual History Citation
- Deen De Bortoli Award
- Max Kelly Medal
Join us for a night of history, networking and nibbles.
Each year, we offer host organisations across Sydney and regional NSW the chance to receive speakers during History Week.
(Applications for History Week Speaker Connect have now closed.) Find out more about our year-round Speaker Connect program.
See previous History Week Speaker Connect events to the right.
Further questions about History Week 2018?
More information is available through our frequently asked questions to the right, or contact us at email@example.com.
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 experience etc)
- 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?
- All History Week event registrations must be made through our online registration form
- Registrations will be processed as they are received. You will be sent a confirmation email with your registration details. The contact person listed on the registration form will be the primary liaison with our staff
- Changes to any of these details must be sent immediately to our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
- After registrations close on 13 July 2018, our 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
- 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 our channels
- 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
- We will release a History Week report for download on our website.