Victoria’s History Week, 21-28 October 2012

Victoria’s History Week for 2012 is on from the 21st to 28th of October, and as usual is packed full of events to celebrate Victoria’s history.

To celebrate, why not spend the week travelling back in time, discovering Victoria’s wide and wonderful past. From fascinating walking tours and engaging discussions, to exhibitions and ‘history in the making’ events – there is something in store for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s just a taste of what Victoria’s History Week has on offer:

- take the family on a trip back in time touring Melbourne’s many historical delights – from the Burke and Wills monument to the Fairies’ Tree
- find out how history, law, medicine and science helped piece together the remains of Ned Kelly
- celebrate 100 years of the enchanting State Library Dome – a magical place that has inspired writers and artists since it first opened in 1912;
- come, if you dare, to a spooky and spine tingling Trick or Treat Fair in the haunted halls of Barwon Park Mansion
- put on your student explorer hats and follow the clues to discover Fed Square’s Top Ten historical artefacts and celebrate its 10th birthday
- learn all about the fascinating art of early visual technology at the Magic Lantern Society’s Australian Convention
- explore one of Melbourne’s grand designs, learning about the construction and social history of our Old Treasury building
- experience the lavish interiors and enjoy afternoon tea and a glass of sparkling wine in one of Melbourne’s most significant nineteenth century mansions
- share your childhood memories and hear how children view history
- hear some of the 3,000+ stories behind the headstones at the Cranbourne Cemetery, exploring the accomplishments and tragedies of the district’s early settlers
- roll out the picnic rug and enjoy an afternoon of historic motor vehicles, local arts and crafts at Maffra’s Annual Federation Picnic
- walk down the aisle and admire a century of wedding dresses and memorabilia from 1880 to 1980
- take a rare tour of our heritage listed Supreme Court building, hearing stories from the archives and discovering judicial robes and wigs
- visit the unique Bear’s Castle and discover why the building has kept historians mystified for years
- applaud the people and projects who preserve and share Victoria’s history, at the Victorian Community History Awards

So if you are in Victoria, mark 21-28 October on your calendar, and make sure you check out the History Week 2012 website for the full listing of what is on when, and take part in celebrating Victoria’s history.

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