Tours and events

We hope you can join us for one or more of the tours and events we are offering as part of the conference experience. All tours and events can be booked and paid for online. Some events are free but you will still need to register online to attend. You can register and/or pay by logging in to the conference online system and scrolling down to the section called ‘add-ons’.


Monday 2 July, 6.30-7.30pm

Welcome Reception

Join us for a welcome reception following the Presidential Address by Professor Lynette Russell, AHA President. Finger food and drinks will be served as you greet old friends and make new ones.

University House, corner of Balmain Crescent and Liversidge Street, Acton
Free but bookings essential (if you have not already booked please do!)


Tuesday 3 July, 3.30-6.30pm

1968: Changing Times

Curators Dr Guy Hansen, Dr Grace Blakeley-Carroll and Dr Walter Kudrycz will talk about the making of the National Library of Australia’s exhibition, 1968: Changing Times. The panellists will share some of their discoveries from searching the Library’s collections and discuss the challenges of producing a history exhibition based on a single year as a frame of reference. Refreshments will be served after the talk and there will be an opportunity to visit the exhibition. This tour is part of the “1968: 50 Years On” conference stream to be held at ANU on 3 July. The ticket price includes a return bus from the ANU.

Departs ANU 3.30pm
Returns to ANU 6.30pm (NLA event is 4pm to 6pm)
Cost $30
Places limited


Tuesday 3 July, 5.15-6.00pm

Book launch

Thomas Rogers, The Civilisation of Port Phillip: Settler Ideology, Violence, and Rhetorical Possession will be launched by Maria Nugent. Refreshments will be served.

CBE Building Foyer
Free, but bookings required


Tuesday 3 July, 5.00-6.00pm

‘Understorey’ social event

The National Parks Association invites attendees to the film screening of Understory to be their guests for refreshments following the film.

Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, Acton
Free, but bookings essential


Tuesday 3 July, 6.30pm

ECR social event

Join the AHA early career researcher representatives on the AHA executive committee for a little informal collegiality.

Fellows Bar, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton
No RSVP necessary


Postgraduate student social event

Kick back with the AHA postgraduate student representatives on the AHA executive committee and share your student experiences.

Hopscotch, 5 Lonsdale St, Braddon, 6.30pm
No RSVP necessary


Wednesday 4 July, 7.30 am

Religious History Association Breakfast

At Temporada (a 15 minute walk from the conference venue)
All welcome, breakfast at own expense.


Wednesday 4 July, 5.15-6.00pm

Book launch

Joy Damousi and Patricia O’Brien, League of Nations: Histories, Legacies and Impact will be launched by Rae Frances. Refreshments will be served.

CBE Building Foyer or Drill Hall Gallery (TBC)
Free, but bookings required


Wednesday 4 July, 5.30-7.00pm

History Lab podcast social event

A chance to meet and chat with the people behind the History Lab podcast. Find out more about its launch as an engagement platform for historians working in universities across Australia.

Monster Bar and Kitchen, Ovolo Nishi (formerly Hotel Hotel) – ask at reception for directions
No RSVP necessary


Wednesday 4 July, 7.00pm

Film Screening: Sweet County

The National Film and Sound Archive is screening Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country and offering conference delegates half price tickets. This screening will be of interest to those attending the panel which will discuss the film at 1.30pm on Thursday 5 July.

NFSA, McCoy Circuit, Acton
$5.00 – pay at the door
Wine, beer and light meals will be available at the NFSA Café prior to the screening


Thursday 5 July, 7.00pm-10.30pm

Conference Dinner

Join us in the Main Hall of the National Museum of Australia for a three-course meal and gala evening of prize giving. Tickets include a welcome drink on arrival after which a cash bar will be open. We have taken this decision in an attempt to keep the cost of the dinner reasonable, and therefore accessible to more delegates. The dinner is also supported by sponsorship from UniSuper and discounted venue hire from the National Museum of Australia, for which we are very grateful. Delegates have the opportunity to sponsor discounted tickets for postgraduate students.

Full price $100
Subsidised student price $75


Friday 6 July, from 1.30pm

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Trail at ANU

Discover the cultural significance of the ANU Acton Campus, the way in which Aboriginal people have used the area for thousands of years, and the continuing culture and connection to Country on this guided walking tour. Learn about the importance of Sullivans Creek and Black Mountain, navigation across Country, bush foods and medicines, ceremony and tradition, and the way in which the local Aboriginal people managed their landscape.

Starts 1.30pm
Finishes 3.30pm
Free but bookings are essential

Cultural Institutions Repositories Tour

An afternoon tour of the massive repositories of the National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial, in the Canberra suburb of Mitchell with guides Anne-Marie Conde (NAA) and Nick Fletcher (AWM). Big things in store! (Little things too.) Come and see.

Departs ANU 1.30pm
Returns ANU 5.00pm
Cost $20
Places limited

Tour of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

An hour-long tour of this historic building will take delegates around its historic spaces, into some of the key exhibitions (including those currently being operated by the NAA) as well as into some behind-the-scenes spaces not usually seen by general visitors.

Departs ANU 1.30pm
Returns ANU 3.30pm
Cost $10
Places limited

Tour of the National Museum of Australia

Join historian and curator Martha Sear for a tour of the museum’s galleries, focussing on the historical thought and ideas that underpin the museum’s practice.

Departs ANU 1.30pm
Returns ANU 3.30pm
Cost $10
Places limited



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