In 2011 SA History Week has become About Time: South Australia’s History Festival.
Over 500 events will be presented across the state from 1 to 31 May, organised by over 300 community museums, history groups, cultural groups, local councils, collecting institutions, businesses, churches and individuals. The move to a month-long festival format reflects the ongoing growth of the program since it began as SA History Week in 2004. 2011 also marks 175 years since the foundation of the Province of South Australia, and History SA has received a special government grant to run the festival in this anniversary year.
The events offered as part of the program reflect the diversity of South Australia’s history and those who have made it. You can enjoy a dinner at the SA Maritime Museum showcasing ship-board foods from different eras, learn about explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins at an open day at his cottage in Mount Bryan East, take a tour exposing Adelaide’s gritty underbelly at West Terrace Cemetery, participate in an all-day symposium on the archaeology of Aboriginal South Australia, do some hands-on history helping volunteers restore the outback town of Farina, visit an exhibition about the contribution of Hungarians to South Australia’s primary industries, or take the opportunity to share and hear stories of working at GM’s Holden factory at Elizabeth. And that’s only a small sample of what’s on offer!
Visit the About Time website for full details of events and features to help you get the most out of the festival format. You can also follow us on twitter and facebook or upload your photos to Flickr.
The printed program is also available from your local council, library, visitor centre, community museum or history group.
About Time: South Australia’s History Festival is presented by History SA. Contact us on (08) 8203 9888 or [email protected].