BHS is now open to volunteers and visitors by appointment on Mondays and Thursdays between 12pm and 4pm.
If you'd like to drop in to see us, please give us a call on 9553 8650 or send us an email via our contact form. This will help us to maintain a COVID-safe environment for everyone.
We'll continue to give updates on any changes to our opening hours through the website and social media, and as always, if you have any niggling local history questions or tidbits to share, you can reach us via email or Facebook.
Image: Students at Brighton Technical School working on typewriters, circa 1970. BHS collection.
We hope all of our members and friends are enjoying a happy and safe start to 2021. At present, we are preparing to reopen to the public at the beginning of February with appropriate COVID-safe precautions, circumstances permitting. We are aware that things can change quickly in our present climate and will continue to listen to public health advice to ensure the safety of our volunteers and visitors.
We'll continue to give updates on any changes to our opening hours through the website and social media, and as always, if you have any niggling local history questions or tidbits to share, you can reach us via email, Facebook and our website contact form.
After careful consideration, we have made the decision to temporarily close Brighton Historical Society as of Monday, March 16.
The safety and wellbeing of our visitors and volunteers is our first priority. We are taking these steps as a precaution in support of measures to contain COVID-19, especially for those in our community who are the most vulnerable.
We wish everyone in our Bayside community good health and look forward to welcoming you back into our rooms soon.
Our costume collection is filled with rich and sometimes unexpected stories, dating from the early colonial period right up to the present day.
Over the past couple of years, with the assistance of a Local History Grant from Public Record Office Victoria, we have been working to capture more of these stories, to make them available to discover on Victorian Collections and to preserve them for future generations with improved storage and documentation.
As part of the grant project, Annabel Butler and Laura Jocic have been digging deep into the collection, exploring the histories of different clothing items and what they can tell us about aspects of life in Brighton's - and Australia's - past. We are delighted to be able to share the fruits of their endeavours, with ten new Stories From Our Costume Collection.
From the goldfields of Bendigo to the suburban grocer's counter, from life under wartime clothing rationing to the opulence of Flinders Lane's most elite fashion houses, each of the objects featured in these stories reveals tantalising and surprising connections to our past and present. We invite you to explore them and to share your own stories and memories with us.