Annual lectures

Each year the ANU Archives and the Friends of the Noel Butlin Archives Centre present a lecture by a prominent researcher.

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Past lectures

2021 Dr Anthea Hyslop: Records and recollections »

Tue 26 Oct 2021
This lecture is now available to watch online, and responses to the Q&A during the webinar are available here. About the lecture Historians of...

Exhibition launch "Building Australia’s National University” »

Tue 16 Mar 2021
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Australian National University (ANU) in 2021, the ANU Archives has curated a new exhibition"75 Years of the...

2020 Ruth Morgan: Archives for a dry and drying land »

Tue 20 Oct 2020
This lecture is now available online.  By all accounts, 2020 has been a remarkable year. Bushfires of unprecedented duration and spread, then a...

2019 Professor Jenny Hocking: Archival Secrets and Hidden Histories »

Tue 10 Sep 2019
You can now watch the lecture on ANU TV  or read it in the February 2020 edition of the Griffith Review. About the lecture The ANU Archives annual...

2018 Professor Simon Ville: Tales of the unexpected: why archival research remains important today »

Tue 9 Oct 2018
You can listen to the lecture online via the Experience ANU podcast now.  About the lecture For the contemporary researcher, archival research is...

2017 Dr Shino Konishi: Indigenous lives and the Australian Dictionary of Biography »

Mon 16 Oct 2017
You can now watch the lecture on ANU TV.   About the lecture Of the more than 12,000 individuals included in the Australian Dictionary of...

2016 Phil Carswell OAM: Did the Grim Reaper win? »

Tue 25 Oct 2016
You can watch the lecture online on the ANU YouTube channel. About the lecture The early history of HIV/AIDS in Australia was marked with...

2015 Professor David Merrett: Whither business history? Memory, message and meaning »

Tue 11 Aug 2015
You can watch the lecture online on the ANU YouTube channel. About the lecture Professor David Merrett, the University of Melbourne explores the...

2014 Professor Joan Beaumont: The Real War? Battles on the Australian home front 1914–19 »

Tue 23 Sep 2014
You can watch the lecture online on the ANU YouTube channel. If you read only one book about Australia's experience of World War I... make it...

2013 Professor Jeannette Bastian: Whose memories, whose records »

Wed 25 Sep 2013
You can watch the lecture online on the ANU YouTube channel. About the lecture "Whose memories, whose records: when the archival legacy of a...

2012 Emeritus Professor Marian Sawer: Feminism for the 21st century »

Thu 13 Sep 2012
You can watch the lecture online on the ANU YouTube channel. The transcript and slides are also available. About the lecture Feminism has suffered...

2011 Senator John Faulkner: Proud past, bright future »

Tue 15 Feb 2011
You can watch the lecture online on the ANU YouTube channel, or listen to the lecture online. About the lecture Senator John Faulkner presents the...

2010 Dr Peter Stanley: Smiths in Stasiland (Archival reminders of an uncomfortable Australian past) »

Tue 14 Sep 2010
You can listen to the lecture online. About the lecture Dr Peter Stanley is currently researching Australia's Great War through the experience of...

2009 Graeme Davison: Rethinking the Australian legend »

Tue 8 Sep 2009
You can listen to the lecture online. About the lecture Fifty years after its publication Russel Ward's book The Australian Legend remains the...

2008 Michael Piggott: Alchemist magpies? Collecting archivists & their critics »

Tue 16 Sep 2008
You can listen to the lecture online. About the lecture Are archivists complicit in helping the victors write history, privileging some voices and...

2007 Professor Anne Curthoys: Harry Potter & the Holocaust - reflections on history & fiction »

Tue 18 Sep 2007
You can listen to the lecture online. About the lecture In recent debates over truth and fiction in history, the Holocaust has loomed large. It is...

2006 Dr Gordon Briscoe: Repeating the mistakes of the past? Aborigines and the Pastoralists in the Northern Territory 1914-67 »

Tue 4 Apr 2006
About the lecture What is happening to records of aboriginal people today? Will these archives survive?  Are we repeating the mistakes of the past...

2005 Humphrey McQueen: Tradesmen's entrance. The contribution of trade journals to understanding capitalism in Australia »

Wed 25 May 2005
About the lecture The lecture draws attention to a neglected body of Australian journalism, namely, trade periodicals.  Between the 1880s and 1960s...

2004 Professor Stuart Macintyre: The History Wars continued »

Wed 3 Nov 2004
About the lecture A war is raging in historical circles.  Divisions about how to interpret Australian history and the politicisation of the topic -...

2003 Professor Geoffrey Blainey: When History was rising fast: Australian history and the economic historians 1930-1960 »

Wed 12 Mar 2003
About the lecture Professor Blainey will look at some of the leading Australian historians of the 1930s, 40s and 50s, including Keith Hancock EOG...

2002 Dr Rae Frances: Confessions of a promiscuous researcher »

Thu 4 Apr 2002
About the lecture Archives supply historians with raw material for their research.  Sensational discoveries, hidden truths and forgotten heroes...