South Australia's History Festival

Welcome to the 2016 History Festival. Throughout May you can explore our history in all kinds of ways - we hope you'll enjoy what is on offer this year. There are more than 600 events presented by over 340 organisers around the state.

Join the conversation: We'd love to hear your feedback about the program and the events you attend - you can join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter. #SAHistoryFest

We hope you have a great May delving into the past, and we look forward to seeing you out and about.

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Festival Highlights

Caring for Your Family Treasures

Get expert advice on looking after your family treasures from conservators from Artlab Australia and curatorial advice from History SA. Workshops throughout the day. See pop-up... Read more

A Good Yarn

The tour starts with a 12-minute video of footage taken when Mill was operating. The guided tour includes touching and feeling as-new products including blankets and rugs and a... Read more

Kapunda's Story

An evening retelling the story of Kapunda through songs, locally-written skits, poems and stories. An opportunity for everyone to sing along too. So visit us in our own little... Read more

'The Most Precious Treasure': Lutheran Schooling in Australia Guided Tour

From the start, schooling was at the heart of Lutheran church and mission life with texts and school work in German, English, Kaurna, Dieri and Aranda. Primers, copybooks,... Read more

Vogue Theatre Tours

Enjoy an informative tour of the iconic and historic Vogue Theatre. Opened in 1939, the Vogue is one of Adelaide's three remaining Art Deco/Art Nouveau theatres. Your guide... Read more

The Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration

Australia had a rich linguistic diversity at the time of colonisation; the subsequent centuries have seen that diversity damaged enormously by neglect and, often, outright... Read more