What history can really teach us
History is too intricate to teach simple lessons, but studying it helps in understanding the complexities of the present says a University of Melbourne expert
A toast to Anzac Day
A celebratory drink is part of Australia's ANZAC tradition but as a University of Melbourne historian explains drinking on the day has always been controversial
The birth of syphilis surveillance in Melbourne
Syphilis is on the rise again, almost a century after Melbourne led the way in collecting data on the venereal disease says a University of Melbourne expert.
Treasuring Trove: Why Australia’s digital heritage platform is so special
The huge public success of Australia's digitised archive Trove is unique in the world, argues a University of Melbourne visiting expert from University of Leeds
Helping care leavers find and connect to their past
Find & Connect, run by the University of Melbourne, is a living online history project that allows people who lived in care to tell their side of the story.
Australia’s friendly history
University of Melbourne research looks into the history of Australia's friendly societies; which provided all sorts of support to Australians before welfare.
Criss-cross history hidden in a letter
An 1839 letter is a tale of adventure packed into 4 pages using overlapping criss-cross handwriting, but it is a deeper record of Australian frontier conflict
When department stores were more than just stores
A University of Melbourne archives exhibition looks back at the legacy of Melbourne department store, Foy & Gibson, on Australian retailing and manufacturing.
Bringing back languages from scraps of paper
The Bates Online project, led by the University of Melbourne, has digitised Daisy Bates' unique papers which recorded many endangered Aboriginal languages.
Solving our climate history puzzle
This episode of the University of Melbourne's Eavesdrop on Experts features Joelle Gergis on Australia's climate history, detailed in her book Sunburnt Country.