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
About History Week
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.
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
History Week 2012
History Week 2011
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