Flinders’ 2024 SA History Festival Guide

The SA History Festival is here! With over 500 events on offer, we’ve shortlisted six which are each connected to Flinders’ talented graduates and staff in various ways. From exhibitions, talks, a 3D virtual experience and an Archaeology Open Day – we’ve got your Festival itinerary covered!


Power and the Smoking Room of Martindale Hall: Tour the 3D Virtual Twin!
5.30 – 7.30pm, Wed 22 May. FREE
Drama Centre, Flinders Bedford Park Campus
There’s nothing like the Smoking Room at Martindale Hall; a historic house in South Australia that symbolises power and wealth. Join us at Flinders University to experience the virtual twin of this trophy room and see our experiment in 3D visualisation and the digital humanities. See the collections and hear the stories of Mortlock’s tours to India, New Zealand, and Egypt. Hosted by Assemblage Centre for Creative Arts. Find out more


Explore Archaeology at Flinders
10.30am – 2.30pm, Fri 24th May. FREE
Humanities Courtyard, Flinders Bedford Park Campus
Archaeology at Flinders University is holding an Explore Archaeology open day on Friday 24th May 2024 as part of National Archaeology Week. Visitors will learn all about archaeology, meet our staff and students and hear about some of the exciting research happening at Flinders, and tour our world class facilities. Participants also have the opportunity to take part in immersive practical activities and demonstrations during the afternoon expo. Archaeology and the heritage management sector offer exciting careers and an abundance of employment opportunities both in Australia and overseas. This event is aimed at senior school students and interested members of the public, and we welcome participants of all abilities aged 15+. Registration is essential via TryBooking.com, as a light lunch will be provided for participants. Find out more
Explore Archaeology at Flinders is sponsored by National Archaeology Week, and the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.


‘If You Don’t Fight… You Lose’: Politics, Posters, and PAM
Throughout May, during opening hours. FREE
Flinders University Museum of Art, Flinders Bedford Park Campus
Step back to the political volatility, student activism, and industrial unrest of the 1970s. With a focus on political prints and posters of the era, curators Catherine Speck and Jude Adams cast new light on the Adelaide-based group, PAM (Progressive Art Movement). Presented by Flinders University Museum of Art. Find out more


To Bare All: The Hayward Nudes
10am – 4.30pm, throughout May & June, COST $17.
Carrick Hill, Springfield
The Haywards acquired various works depicting the nude form, from the sensual and beautiful to the lewd and rude. Brought together for the first time, this exhibition shines a spotlight on one particular aspect of the Hayward’s art collection. Featuring works from Jacob Epstein, Alistair Smart, René Lalique, Augustus John and Ivor Hele. Curated by Flinders graduate Dr Ellen Whitton (BEd(MidSecSch),BA ’15, BA(Hons)(History)’16, PhD(SS)’21). Guided exhibition tours are available at additional cost. Find out more


A Home Not a Museum: Pictures in English Country Houses
4pm-5.30pm Friday 24 May. COST $35.
Carrick Hill, Springfield
Art collections in country houses are unique. They are lived with and reflect the personal taste of the owners as well as the ethos of a particular strata of society. Susan McCormack, Director of Carrick Hill, will explore the collection and display of paintings in the English country house and its influence on the Carrick Hill collections. Find out more


SA; We Are a Little Français
Throughout May, during opening hours. FREE
Unley Museum, Unley
An exhibition celebrating French influence on South Australian culture. Discover the impact our strong French community has had on the South Australian way of life, from wine to food, fashion, art, and industry, through stories from our very beginnings until today. SA, we really are a little bit Français! Presented by City of Unley & Flinders University. Find out more

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