History Week 2019 is fast approaching and the History Council have uploaded a detailed program of events that will be taking place across New South Wales between 31st August and 8th September.
The theme this year is ‘Memory and Landscapes’.
The theme will explore our relationship with landscapes, including our spiritual, physical, social and cultural connections to place, our memorialisation of historical events and figures in monuments and memorials, and changes to landscapes over years, centuries and millennia.
Amongst the events on offer, the RAHS in conjunction with Oral History NSW will be hosting the Annual OHNSW Lecture on 8th September at History House. Tickets are free for OHNSW/RAHS members or $10 for non-members. Bookings are essential. Find out more.
History Week will commence at the State Library of NSW on the 30th August with the presentation of the NSW Premier’s History Awards.
First presented in 1997 to honour distinguished achievements in history by Australian authors, the Awards assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication, and encourage everyone to appreciate and learn from the work of our historians.
The showcase event for the week is the Annual History Lecture.
This year’s speaker is Professor John Maynard.
His topic ‘Counter Currents – Aboriginal Men and Women at the Heart of Empire’ will survey the remarkable, yet largely untold history of the movement of Indigenous Australians across the British Empire.