May is the month for history in South Australia as the state once again looks forward to About Time: South Australia’s History Festival from 1 to 31 May 2014.  The new program is hot off the press and the entire month is packed full of events.  This year About Time will comprise 470 events held by over 300 organisations, with in excess of 100,000 attendees expected statewide.

Whether it’s one of the new Bar Yarns sessions that sees history told in a pub setting, one of the events on International Museums Day or an activity in the family program that appeals, there’s something stimulating on offer every day this May. Open days, public tours, film screenings, special displays, dances and concerts, walking tours and bus trips – a real magical history tour awaits!  And we’ve got one of those too thanks to our new regional sponsor, SA Power Networks.

A diverse range of institutions hosts these events including museums, archives, community and cultural organisations, universities, libraries, schools, churches, galleries, businesses, cemeteries, gardens and government agencies and even the odd pub or two!  South Australians from all over the state get to revisit their own history or discover someone else’s and enjoy one of the largest community festivals of its type in the nation.  About Time is testament to those who curate and care for our state’s rich history.

A small selection of the many About Time events on offer:

  • A Pint at the Old Zoo (p60)
  • Good Sports: Bar Yarns at the Ed (p59)
  • Community Archaeology Event (p46)
  • Yellowcake, But Don’t Eat It (p85)
  • Conversations with Objects at the Migration Museum (p32)
  • The Blacksmith Have a Go Show (p71)

Once again, the city will also host the third annual Open House Adelaide on 3 & 4 May.  This is where significant buildings unlock their doors and let the public in for free.  From contemporary architecture, sustainable design and engineering - to heritage-listed properties, this year Open House Adelaide will provide access to 78 places that are sure to pique your interest.  Open House Adelaide is part of the international movement and now includes a forum on Friday 2 May at UniSA. The forum explores Adelaide’s future heritage.

Some suggestions from the Open House Adelaide program:

  • Adelaide Mosque
  • Feb Lab Adelaide
  • Jam Factory
  • South Australian Country Women’s Association
  • Family Hub at the Migration Museum

The new programs for About Time and Open House Adelaide are available in print from libraries, museums, tourist visitor centres and community groups statewide.  Or visit www.abouttime.sa.gov.au or openhouseadelaide.com.au