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History Up Close, who are we and why we should visit your school...

Formed in the year 2000, History Up Close works in over 100 schools across Melbourne and regional Victoria and interstate. We are a group of dedicated qualified teachers, actors, living-historians, musicians and western martial artists whose skills and knowledge span many disciplines.


We aim to share our passion and enthusiasm for history via an interactive and educational approach, whether it be at schools, libraries, Public events or functions.


To ensure maximum impact, all History Up Close activities have been created by postgraduate trained teachers and historical specialist. Presenters reinforce critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability as well as ethical and intercultural understandings. All our activities reinforce learning within the Australian History Curriculum v7.5.

History Up Close Team

We are proud of the people who make up the History Up Close team, they bring enthusiasm, energy, skills and knowledge to bringing history to life. We would not be who we are today without the talents and motiviation of our team members.


All enquires phone 042 570 4545 or contact us here

Here we have attempted to answer most frequently asked questions

Does the school need to pay a booking fee?


Do you charge per student?
No we charge per activity and duration, typically either a half or full day.

What about insurance and legal stuff?
History Up Close is fully covered for all insurances to work in all schools. All our presenters all have Working With Children checks. 


What if I need to cancel my booking?
Contact us asap. In many cases we can reschedule incursions if that solves the problem. For cancellations which occur within seven business days of the booking date there is a cancellation fee of 20% of the invoice total.

How much lead time do you need for a booking?

In most cases at least a week. We can take bookings up to a year in advance as well.


Does the school need to supply any AV or other equipment?


How does the incursion work on the day?
We have designed all our activities to work in all schools. The majority of our activities work well in single or double classrooms or similar spaces. Some activities require space outside. We require the presence of a teacher during all our activities, and encourage teachers to participate with the students in the activities if they wish. More information is available.

What happens if it rains?
No worries. Most activities can be run to an alternate wet weather programme. If one of the activities you book with us is weather dependant, we will suggest a backup plan at the time of booking.

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