Annual history festival returns

South Australia’s History Festival, one of the state’s largest open-access community events, returns for its 17th annual festival next month. The festival will be held from May 1-30, encouraging people to explore the theme of “Change”. The Festival is an initiative of the History Trust of South Australia.

With over 600 registered events across South Australia, almost a third of the events are being held in regional areas, including Port Pirie, Barmera and Port Broughton. There is a piece of history for everyone to experience, enjoy and learn from.

This year’s theme encompasses a broad range of historical topics and events. From political to social change, changing places, changing minds, changing hearts. It includes change for the better, change for the worse, on big and small scales and everything in between.

Some exciting events in the Limestone Coast this year include a twilight museum tour, where people can take a twilight tour of Clayton Farm Heritage Museum, with a billy tea and damper supper and a sing-along around the campfire.

Follow the guides around the farm, learn about early farming techniques and see displays of early farming machinery. The History Festival program guide will be all digital this year, with a brand-new website, with visitors able to search the range of events by date, genre and location.

Visit www.festival.history.sa.gov.au to view the full program and all children’s events.

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