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We regularly assist people with research on a wide range of subjects, and we welcome visitors to come and browse our diverse collection. Members may use our rooms for research any time for free. We are also able to undertake research on request for a fee.


We draw on our vast range of costume, reference material, photographs and artefacts to create local history exhibitions that change throughout the year. Items from our collection have also been featured in local Council and National Trust exhibitions.


We hold a number of events throughout the year, including film screenings, talks and open days, giving members of the Bayside community the opportunity to connect with our local history. Members receive discounted entry to events.


Published quarterly, the Brighton Historical Society Journal is filled with research and stories about the colourful characters, places and events in Brighton's history. A small selection of articles is available online for free; members receive a full subscription.

School programme

Each year, we welcome visiting classes from a number of local primary schools. Our school programme gives students an understanding of our area's long Indigenous history and early settler life, and offers hands-on experiences of schooling, children's games and everyday household items from the past. If you would like to arrange a visit from your school, please contact us.

House histories

We are happy to take requests to research and write up histories of local houses for a fee. Get in touch and let us know what you would like to find out about your house and we can advise you on what may be required.

Walking tours

We offer Brighton walks for interested groups, offering a window into the hidden stories and histories of our familiar local streetscapes. If you would like to organise a walking tour, please contact us.

We acknowledge that we meet and work on the traditional land of the Ngaruk Willam of the Boon Wurrung language people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

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