Unique South Australian history in spotlight

South Australians are encouraged to reimagine and renew connections with their history, to get out and about in their great state, explore the familiar and the lesser known – and be challenged to discover what makes South Australia unique.

Presented by the History Trust of South Australia, South Australia’s History Festival is one of the state’s largest open-access community events.

In its 18th year, it spans the month of May.

Every year a groundswell of community support and enthusiasm for SA’s rich history sees thousands of South Australians volunteer to make the History Festival a success.

With around 500 events registered across South Australia, by some 350 event organisers, this year’s festival offers the macabre to the fascinating, the shocking to the heart-warming – and everything in between.

This year the festival will include a Limestone Coast event, with the Clayton Farm Heritage Museum photo competition.

The photo competition will be held during the entire month of May to celebrate the 2022 History Festival.

People are being invited to enter the competition or enjoy a relaxed tour of the farm museum and vote in the people’s choice event.

Free copies of the full program are now available from all Foodland Supermarkets across South Australia, as well as local libraries, community centres and registered venues.

The program is also available online at historyfestival.sa.gov.au and is updated daily.

The 2022 program includes:

• Holden Heritage Bus Tour – Bus tour of General Motors-Holden sites in the greater Adelaide area.

• A Taste of Wine History – Immerse yourself in tastes and tales of eight different South Australian wineries.

• Letters to a Galaxy Far, Far Away – Renowned space historian and writer Kerrie Dougherty speaks on space travel, communications and Star Wars.

• Remembering Vietnam – 50 Years On – Two-course lunch followed by a talk with Vietnam Veterans.

• Open Doors – Provides the opportunity to get inside some of the state’s most interesting places and spaces that are usually closed to the public, through a range of talks and tours.

• Rock ‘n’ Roll Exhibition and Her Majesty’s Theatre Talk and Tour – A special talk and tour of the Rock ‘n’ Roll exhibition capturing Adelaide’s pub rock scene.

• Penfolds 1844 for Evermore History Tour and Lunch Experience – Go beyond the cellar door and listen to historical stories while visiting underground drives, vintage cellars and other hidden gems at Magill Estate.

• The Fort by Lamplight – A program of military drill, cannon, and musketry fire bringing the 19th-century fort to life.

• Glenelg Air-Raid Shelter Open Day – Explore the shelter built during WWII. The shelter was one of seven constructed in Adelaide and formed part of a communication network.

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