Helen's top picks for the 2018 History Festival

Our wonderful volunteer Helen shares her picks of the 2018 History Festival program.

Isn’t it wonderful - May is almost here again, and time for our History Festival. The team at the History Trust have again worked very hard to bring it all together for us! This year we are celebrating with Open Doors on 28 & 29 April, with 50 events - including our beautiful Government House, open to us all. It will be an exciting time, as the National Trust Heritage Festival, will overlap from 20 April to 18 May. So get out those calendars, post it notes and highlighters, and start planning!

I have spent many hours working through the program of over 660 events, considering what I can fit in. So far I have made 24 successful bookings, and have a very full program. I’ve booked several bus trips, including a trip to Yankalilla and Normanville. Looking forward to the Holden Heritage Tour too, considering how important this industry was to the development of South Australia. I was away last year and I’m not going to miss anything this year!! 

Last year, I missed the National Trust visit to Anlaby Station, so this was my first booking. Looking forward to learning more about Queen Adelaide – Glen Woodward is always entertaining and informative at the Adelaide Town Hall. And I will visit the exhibition – Queen Adelaide and William IV: Official Portaits and Cutting Caricatures at the Art Gallery, which should give me some insight into their lives. While I am there I will revisit the Impressionists Exhibition and do a tour. Wonderful paintings. I’m also planning to visit the new Bodyline Bar, at our very special Adelaide Oval, and have a look at the memorabilia as part of the Open Doors program. In the afternoon I’ll be at our beautiful Government House Open Day. A wonderful afternoon to visit one of our oldest homes and meet our very special Governor (Hieu Van Le) and his family.

We are planning to stay in Hahndorf on the last weekend, and will participate in ‘Enjoy a Taste of Hahndorf: Strassendorf Walking Tour’. There are many more events that I hope to make it to. Too many to write about. Hope everyone can enjoy the History Festival as much as I know I will.

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