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After a relaxing summer break, we are back and busily working on this year's programme of events. Here's a small taste of what you can look forward to in the coming months.

 

A Walk Through Brighton - Sunday 19 April 2020

Join us at Brighton Library for a virtual walk through Brighton, a presentation exploring the changing face of our area and sharing the sights and stories of the past.

 

Talk: Captain Robert Grieve VC - Sunday 17 May 2020

Robert Grieve was the only Brighton-born soldier to be awarded Australia's highest military honour, the Victoria Cross. When he returned from the Western Front, he was met with a hero's welcome: between five and six thousand locals turned out to see him at the Brighton Town Hall on May 26 1918. Philip Powell joins us to talk about his research into Grieve's story. There will also be a display of local military history, and afternoon tea will be provided.

 

Fashion Families of Brighton - Sunday 14 June 2020

Join fashion historian Tom McEvoy as he speaks to members of three Brighton families who were intimately connected with Melbourne's fashion industry throughout the twentieth century. Discover the stories of innovation, ingenuity and struggle behind three major local fashion labels and the Brighton locals behind them.

 

We'll have tickets and more information available closer to the events, so do keep an eye on our website and Facebook for more details.

And as always, you can visit us in our rooms every Thursday from midday until 5pm, or at other times by appointment. Visitors are always welcome, whether you need a hand researching your family or house's history, wish to carry out your own research using our extensive records, have a burning question about the local area or just feel like browsing our displays. Our friendly volunteers are always happy to help.  Pop in around 3:30 and you might even score some afternoon tea!

 

Image: Locals gather outside Brighton Town Hall to welcome home Robert Grieve VC, 26 May 1918. BHS collection.

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