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Welcome to South Australia’s History Festival

South Australia’s History Festival is an annual statewide event exploring South Australia’s history.

Held throughout May each year, the History Festival explores the state’s places and spaces, stories, collections and ideas that make us who we are.

In 2021, the History Festival explored the theme of ‘change’. From political change to social change. Changing places, changing minds, changing hearts. Change for the better, change for the worse-on a big or a small scale-and everything in between.

The world around us is constantly undergoing change. Change is also a major thread that runs through the histories we share.

Stay tuned: 2022 registration opening soon!

Main street, Clarendon. One of the first bikes in the area and the blacksmith who built it. State Library of SA B34321

One of South Australia’s largest open-access community events, the History Festival program features hundreds of events ranging from talks to tours, walks to workshops and exhibitions to special events.

Events happen anywhere: urban and rural, towns, cities and suburbs; in museums and libraries; in boats, trains and buses and mysterious buildings; on the street, by the beach and in nature.

Hear the latest research and tales of the unusual and unknown; from amazing experts to local guides. With hundreds of events to choose from, there’s something for curious minds of all ages.

Focus Programs

There is something for everyone in the 2021 program.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners

The History Trust of South Australia respects the primary role of First Nations people in the history of this place. We acknowledge that this story commenced long before Governor Hindmarsh proclaimed the establishment of government in the province of South Australia on 28 December 1836.

First Nations people have a knowledge, history and culture that extends millennia into the past. We acknowledge that First Nations lands and sovereignty were never ceded and that building a shared understanding of history is critical to the future of this place.

2021 Supporters