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Past events

CRCAH past events

Heritage/History/Place discussion group

July 2015

Every two months the Heritage/History/Place discussion group will gather at CRCAH's SMB hub with the aim of bringing together various disciplines and perspectives to discuss issues around history, heritage and place in Ballarat. Each session will centre around a theme, hosted by guest curators who will share related content on the History/Heritage/Place: Historic Urban Landscapes Facebook page prior to the session.

Visit History / Heritage / Place: Historic Urban Landscapes on Facebook

The first session will look at questions of what an historic urban landscape is and the concept of cities as dynamic organisms.

All welcome.

First meeting: Thursday 23 July 5.15-6.30pm, CRCAH, Old Chemistry Building, SMB
Contact: David McGinniss davidmcginniss@students.federation.edu.au

View discussion group invitation (pdf, 167kb) for further information.

Public Records Office holds oral history Victoria symposium

June 2015

On Saturday 27 June, the Public Records Office Victoria (PROV) held a symposium about innovative approaches to oral history. The symposium was of interest to researchers and to anyone in the broader community who uses oral history as a way of exploring Australian society and social history.

For further information, please visit the PROV Grants newsletter 23 June 2015

CRCAH hosts history workshop for school students

April 2015

The History Teachers Association of Victoria (HTAV), in partnership with the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH) ran a successful two day history workshop for accelerated young learners at FedUni's SMB campus, 16-17 April. Gifted and talented primary students from a several Ballarat schools enthusiastically explored a range of history-related tasks and issues including how to think about different historical perspectives; using evidence to support ideas; and how to hone their observation skills. The students were guided in the development of a Passion Project which they will present at the HEP Highlights exhibition later this year.

"The History Teachers' Association of Victoria was delighted to forge a new and exciting partnership with Federation University Australia. The History Enrichment Program (HEP) allowed participating students to enjoy new learning challenges in a university environment." -- Richard Smith, Executive Officer, History Teachers' Association of Victoria

"This was a wonderful opportunity for students who are passionate about history to meet and work with other talented students and to be challenged and extended by the fantastic HTAV staff." -- Professor Keir Reeves, Director, CRCAH.

Participating students commented that:
"The program was very well planned. I enjoyed every part of it. Being able to mingle and get to know new people who are at the same level as me and who think like me is a fantastic opportunity."
"You have made me expand my knowledge and push the boundaries, a thing I sincerely love doing!"
"I found the passion project really good and a way I could express my passion and let people know about it." 
"I wish this was my school!" 

CRCAH and HTAV look forward to working together later in the year for a similar program directed at secondary students.

HEP is funded through the Strategic Partnerships Program by the Department of Education and Training (Victoria).

Primary students from the Ballarat region participating in the History Enrichment Program run by the History Teachers' Association of Victoria and Federation University Australia. Photo is courtesy of HTAV.                     

Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History launch

9 May 2014
Ballarat Lodge and Convention Centre

The launch of CRCAH united historians from across Federation University Australia with regional, state, national and international partner organisations. It provided a wonderful opportunity for all participants to help create a plan for the first year of the Centre's operation

Watch the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History Launch below (1hr 15mins).

Professor Tom Griffiths (WK Hancock Professor of History, Australian National University) presented the keynote address entitled "History under the Southern Cross: Reflections on the future of Australian history". Tom's presentation can be viewed at the 18:05min mark of the video.

Download the keynote address transcript (pdf, 294 kb).