Fremantle Heritage Festival brings history to life


Notre Dame lecturers (from left) Martin Drum, Deborah Gare, Shane Burke, Mignon Shardlow and Daniel Baldino will talk at this year's Fremantle Heritage Festival.
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Notre Dame lecturers (from left) Martin Drum, Deborah Gare, Shane Burke, Mignon Shardlow and Daniel Baldino will talk at this year's Fremantle Heritage Festival. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d468436

THE University of Notre Dame is looking to lesser-known episodes in local history as part of this year’s Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Notre Dame’s professors and lecturers will delve into more than Fremantle’s popular heritage in a series of talks.

Discipline co-ordinator of history Deborah Gare, whose talk will look at the link between artists and historical events and whether history can be read through art, said the university had been involved in the Heritage Festival for close to a decade and its program of talks had always been popular.

“Nearly 1000 people attended Notre Dame’s Heritage Festival events in 2016, an enormous increase on previous years,” she said.

“Our planning for the Heritage Festival starts a year before the program itself, we work closely with the City of Fremantle to establish a theme for the event and from there the university’s own program takes shape.

“Our program, as always, features some of Notre Dame’s most popular speakers who will cover such topics as art history, Trump and the Australian alliance, elections that made history, crime and recent archaeological findings.

“Given that our campus is in Fremantle’s historic West End, it is important that we celebrate the vibrancy of our community’s history while sharing the knowledge of our amazing staff.”

The Fremantle Heritage Festival is on May 26 to June 5.

Visit www.nd.edu.au/heritage2017 for more details or email heritagefestival@ nd.edu.au to book a place at one of the eight free talks.

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