Historical Re-enactments: Should we take them seriously?

On September 14, 2007 Professor Iain McCalman in conjunction with the History Council of New South Wales, will present: Historical Re-enactments. Should we take them seriously? at 6:00 at The Mint, Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia.


"Re-enactments have become the pervasive popular historical form of our time. We watch films like United 93 with original participants playing themselves, or Downfall where actors carry the CGI-produced faces of real-life Nazis. We view television documentaries where adventurous individuals relive the perils of sailing with Shackleton to the Antarctic. We laugh as hapless individuals endure the stresses and humiliations of everyday life in English country houses and medieval monasteries. At modern museums we participate in lost craft labours, ancient historical pageants and vanished social rituals. And at weekends all over the western world hundreds of enthusiastic amateurs dress re-enact past battles sporting recreated uniforms and weapons."

Bookings: office@historycouncilnsw.org.au

Cost: $40 non-members/$35 History Council of NSW or Historic Houses Trust members, admission includes drinks and light supper following the lecture.

Places are limited. Booking essential.