May is South Australia’s History Month!

May has arrived, and so my copy of the South Australian History Month program guide. This is the month that all South Australian history-lovers look forward to. It is a month-long history-fest.

The “About Time: South Australia’s History Festival” as it is officially known, began its life as South Australia’s History Week back in 2004, and changed to a month-long event in 2011 which proved a good move, as it has grown in popularity each year since.

About Time: South Australia's History Festival program guide for 2015

About Time: South Australia’s History Festival program guide for 2015

With more events (over 500 now), and more time (a whole month), it allows more people to attend – so more people are learning about the history of the beautiful state of South Australia. So I believe it’s a win, win situation for everyone.

a taster of the events that are scheduled

just 2 of the 96 pages of events in the program guide

History-lovers indulge in the events as much as time allows, but trust me there’s also plenty for non-history lovers too. In fact I’ve got my hairdresser, my physio, my chiropractor, and my personal trainer all who are not overly into history, interested.

Why? Well, putting it simply there is something for everyone – families included. There are walks around the city talking about Adelaide’s criminals and early pioneers, there are cemetery tours, there open days of historic businesses and museums, there afternoon teas, archive tours, pub yarns, a film day of South Australia’s early railways, tours of the aviation museum, archaeology digs, paddlesteamer cruises and a whole heap more.

May is certainly when all types of organisations, archives, museums, societies, churches, cemeteries, history groups, even businesses set out educating the public about the history of South Australia. And the events are not only held in Adelaide, they are statewide, with events being held in the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley, the Eyre Peninsula, the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island, the Limestone Coast, the Riverland, the Murraylands and the Yorke Peninsula.

And what’s more, the public are learning!

I have my schedule for the month planned out, but whether it turns out in reality we’ll have to see, as work and other commitments may hinder me getting to everything I want to, however I shall report on those that I do get to later.

But my advice to you if you’re in South Australia, do yourself a favour, checkout their website. I bet you’ll find something you’d love to go to. The About Time team have all the events listed on their website, and they have a planner that you can add events that you’re interested in to help you keep track of what you’re wanting to attend. And they even have an app!

For more on the About Time: South Australia’s History Festival, check out their website, and elsewhere on social media!


Twitter: @historyfestival
Hashtag: #SAHistFest

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