History Week 2017 is fast approaching, so it’s time to start planning which events you’d like to get to.

This year History Week’s theme is Pop! and will be looking at Australian ‘popular culture’.

As History Week enters its 20th year, the History Council of NSW has invited its members to create celebrate Australian popular culture across the decades, to investigate its construction and analyse its impact on communities and individuals.

How has popular culture, whether it be music, theatre, dance, film, television, sport or fashion, changed over time? Who defines it, and why? What does popular culture mean on an individual, community, regional and national level? How has the ‘digital age’ and 21st century technological change influenced popular culture? Have we entered a ‘new age’ of popular culture with audiences as creators, shifts in authority and more democratic modes of creative expression? Is history now part of popular culture?

History Week will explore these questions and many more from 2 to 10 September 2017 with a huge range of exhibitions, talks, tours and seminars from organisations and people across the state.

You can search and sort events on the History Council of NSW website here https://events.historyweek.com.au/  and wWe’d encourage all Dictionary of Sydney readers to download the full program from the History Council of NSW website here.

Download History Week 2017 program here


The Annual History Lecture: The Popular is Political: struggles over national culture in 1970s Australia

Each year as part of History Week, the History Council present the popular Annual History Lecture.

This year the lecture will be delivered by Associate Professor Michelle Arrow, Macquarie University. You can find out more on the History Council of NSW website here.

How did popular culture make sense of the social change of the 1970s? Was the popularity of the ocker a reaction to the women’s movement? And how did popular histories on film and television contribute to this cultural contest?

When: Tuesday 5 September 2017, 6:00-9:00pm
Where: The Mint, 10 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: $45 HCNSW members / $50 General admission (excl fees) / $30 for students
Email admin@historycouncilnsw.org.au for the student deal
Drinks and canapés will follow the lecture

Places are limited so make sure you don’t miss out.


Book for Annual History Lecture here                            


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