Where to start? With 400 diverse events celebrating our rich and varied history happening all over the State in just ten days (yes, we invented the 10-day week!) it was hard to choose where to go first. Launched in the Rundle Mall with an outside broadcast courtesy of ABC 891, 21-30 May saw us trying to cram in exhibitions and workshops, talks and walks, lunches and launches, cruises and special open days of historic buildings. Allison enjoyed the atmospheric candlelit evening tour of Ayers House Museum while one of Pauline’s highlights was the “Whodunnit” event at Old Highercombe Hotel Museum. It was good to see that over half of our CMP museums contributed to SA’s largest community festival taking advantage of the free publicity in the soon familiar blue and orange booklets, posters, flyers and of course the new website. The latter was launched on 23 April – the first time there has been a dedicated History Week website. www.historyweek.sa.gov.au/
Site visitors had the opportunity to search for events like never before - by region, by date, by type or by the event organiser. They were also able to plan their own customized History Week program in the History Week Planner. Also included were photos, comments and reviews of events. To date there have been just over 53,000 page visits to the site with visitors spending an average of 8 minutes on the site.
Although History Week 2010 has finished, the website will remain as a permanent record of this year’s events. If you haven’t had a chance already, we encourage you to go and have a look and add comments about your event/s or the other events you attended.
But wait there’s more ….! History Week is now on Flickr! We have set up a collection of History Week images and encourage everyone to go and have a look. There are just over 200 images in the History Week 2010 collection www.flickr.com/photos/historysa/collections/72157624172386678/ and some of the highlights are featured in the group pool www.flickr.com/groups/sahistoryweek2010/