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‘Our History Is Our Strength?’, PROV Seminar

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Date: 1 February 2011

Thursday, March 10, Time 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Our History is our Strength? A Free Seminar at PROV on March 10, 2011

March 2011 is the centenary of International Women’s Day. What better occasion, then, to celebrate the importance of history as an instrument of power and equality? A panel of speakers will discuss the work of women’s historians, and the development of women’s history as a specialist field of research.

Keynote speaker Professor Patricia Grimshaw will reflect upon her long career in writing women’s history, and the importance of preserving archives and records to ensuring that histories of all people are preserved. (Professor Patricia Grimshaw is a Max Crawford Professor of History. In 2008 she was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of her substantial contribution to her field of research as an academic, pioneer of the study of women’s history, a writer and researcher, lecturer, supervisor, administrator and activist.)

Dr Nikki Henningham, Executive Officer of the Australian Women’s Archives Project, will talk about the latest developments on the Australian Women’s Register, including the ARC-funded project ‘Australian Women and Leadership in a Century of Australian Democracy’.

Daniel Wilksch will highlight the history of women as reflected through the records of the State Government of Victoria, explore some of the stories that have been written and suggest some that haven’t.

Plus Lorna Hannan from the Hotham History Project will lead a special walking tour of leafy Hotham Hill, recounting the lives of women residents who signed the 1893 women’s suffrage petition.

Where: Victorian Archives Centre, 99 Shiel St & 112 Macaulay Rd North Melbourne
Lecture and forum: 1pm – 2.30pm Thursday 10 March, FREE, book online or on 03 9348 5600
Walking tour: 11am – 12pm Thursday 10 March, $10, book online or on 03 9348 5600

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