History Week: Life and Death
1-9 September 2018 | #HistoryWeek18
The History Council of NSW’s flagship festival, History Week 2018: ‘Life and Death’, will explore life’s defining moments and the impact of death on communities across time.
The theme of Life and Death includes stories about life’s milestones and how different cultures come to terms with death. How do we commemorate people’s lives and what do rituals and burial practices reveal about our relationship with and understanding of life and death? History Week will investigate how death has been feared, used as form of punishment and shattered communities. But it will also show how communities have rebuilt after loss, shared stories across generations and inspired remembrance and creative expression.
History Week will explore these ideas and many more from 1 to 9 September 2018.
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
Warnings from the grave
Death, glory and memory in Australian cemeteries
with Dr Lisa Murray
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.
Join us at The Mint, Sydney at 6pm, Tuesday 4 September 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.
See previous History Week Speaker Connect events to the right. Find out more about our year-round Speaker Connect program.
About History Week
Now in its 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, read our frequently asked questions 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 29 June 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.