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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, Annabel Butler and Laura Jocic have been digging deep into those stories and what they can tell us about aspects of life in Brighton's - and Australia's - past. Their presentation will take you through of ten selected objects and the intriguing histories hidden just beneath the surface.

The presentation will be followed by afternoon tea, as well as an opportunity to view each of the ten items up close.

This event is now booked out. Keep checking our website and Facebook for future events and costume stories!


Date: Sunday 20 October, 2pm - 4pm

Venue: Brighton Historical Society, 1st floor, Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre

Entry: $15 members, $20 non-members. Contact us to book now.

Things are getting busy at BHS over the next few months! Here are a few dates to mark in your calendars.

As part of the Australian Heritage Festival 2019, Bayside Library Service and Brighton Historical Society invite you to attend a talk by Julie Spring about her research journey through family history and the story of a fascinating Brighton figure.

After a refreshing summer break, BHS is back!

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!).

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook throughout the year for updates and news about upcoming events!

 Image: Children playing in the sand in Brighton, possibly at Green Point (undated). BHS collection.


We're closing our rooms for the holiday break, but you can still keep up with us online!

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 9th September at 2:00pm.

The President's and Treasurer's Reports and the election of the Committee will be followed by a presentation and a presentation and talk by Deborah Tout-Smith from Museums Victoria.

Deborah has been a museum curator for over 30 years and has worked in the Humanities Department of Museums Victoria since 2002. She has curated several major exhibitions at Melbourne Museum, including WWI: Love & Sorrow (2014) and Melbourne Story (2008, with Liza Dale-Hallett). Her talk will take us behind the scenes at the museum and discuss her work on early Brighton.

The talk will be followed by a Silver Service afternoon tea.

Where: First floor, Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, corner Wilson & Carpenter Streets, Brighton (lift available)

Price: Free, but please RSVP for catering purposes

Open House Melbourne is back, and we're delighted to once again be taking part.

The Brighton Historical Society will be open to visitors between 1 and 5pm this Saturday and Sunday (July 28 and 29). Whether you've never visited us before or you're a regular face, this is a great chance to drop in, view our latest exhbits, find out about our work, ask any burning historical questions or just have a chat!

While you're here, make sure you take in the rest of Bayside's Open House offerings. In addition to the BHS, the Gallery, Town Hall, Brighton Theatre Company, Council Chambers and associated meeting rooms will be all be open. The Gallery has a great exhibition on at the moment featuring historical and contemporary artworks highlighting how water is central to place and identity, and it's well worth a visit.

When: Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, 1pm to 5pm

Where: Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, corner Wilson and Carpenter Streets, Brighton

Cost: Free!

[Image: Council meeting in the old Brighton Town Hall's council chambers - now home to the BHS.]

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