Monday, 7 November 2011


Victorians are invited to stop and consider what the future holds for our history books, as the Royal Historical Society of Victoria presents their November talk topic: “New ways of telling history – an appraisal”.

To be held on Tuesday 8 November at 5.15pm, historian Alex McDermott will draw on a decade’s experience writing, researching and teaching history for various mediums and offer his appraisal of the future of history.

“In 2003 English historian Simon Schama suggested that ‘the future of history, the survival of history is going to depend at least as much, if not more on the new media and television as on the printed page’,” noted McDermott.

“I’d like to ask is this true and, if it is, should it alarm or excite us?

“I want to look at what connects and what distinguishes the various forms of history-telling in Australia in the early 21st century.

“I’ll also discuss the possibilities that still remain to be exploited.”

Alex McDermott has most recently written Australian History for Dummies and is an expert on Kelly studies. Between 2007 -2009 he was chief historical consultant and history researcher for Screen Australia’s Making History Initiative, which led to the ABC broadcast of ten historical documentaries including Rogue Nation, Constructing Australia, Monash – the Forgotten Anzac  and Menzies and Churchill at War.

The event will be held at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria in the former Australian Army Medical Corps Drill Hall - an impressive Art Deco space, listed on the Victorian Heritage Register for its state-wide architectural and historical significance.

Formed in 1909, the Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) is committed to collecting, researching and sharing an understanding of the history of Victoria. Housing the most extensive single information resource on the history of Melbourne and Victoria, collections are open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.

The RHSV is a community organisation that relies on membership subscriptions. Join today and help promote and preserve the history of Victoria –

Date:                            Tuesday 8 November
Time:                           5.15pm tea/coffee; 5.45pm – 6.45pm lecture
Address:                      Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A’Beckett Street
Cost:                            $5.50 non members; free for members
Bookings:                    t: (03) 9326 9288   e:

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