History Week: Life and Death
1-9 September 2018 Our 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.
Image courtesy State Library of NSW
What History Week is about
History Week has been the History Council of NSW’s flagship since 1997. It 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.