The History Council of Victoria Incorporated (HCV) is the peak body for history in Victoria. Through its activities, it encourages the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of history, and aims to raise the profile of history with decision-makers and the wider community.
The HCV was formed as an advisory body in 2001 and incorporated in 2003. It comprises representatives from cultural institutions and heritage bodies; history teachers and curriculum advisors; academic and professional historians; and local Indigenous and community history organisations.
The HCV delivers a number of accessible and well-received history-focussed initiatives. These include:
- The History Roadshow program, touring regional Victoria to deliver curriculum enrichment sessions for VCE history students and teachers. This program is funded by the Strategic Partnership Program of the state government's Department of Education and Training.
- The Making Public Histories seminar series, exploring issues and approaches in making public histories and offered jointly by HCV, Monash University’s Institute for Public History and the State Library of Victoria. The final seminar for 2015 is 'Melbourne's Alice' on Thursday 26 November.
- The Annual Lecture which in recent years has been delivered by respected authorities such as Gideon Haigh, Clare Wright, William McInnes and Barry Jones. The 2015 lecture was delivered on 22 October by Professor Lynette Russell on the topic: 'Australia's Big Science Picnic, 1914: Some New Evidence'. A recording is available here.
- Projects such as Drought Stories (a spoken and visual history of recent drought in Victoria, recording the experience of drought-affected communities up to 2010) and One Place, Many Stories (a free online resource designed for teachers and middle to upper primary students as a way of engaging children in the history of Victoria).
In 2015, the HCV is pleased to sponsor the Year 9 and 10 category of the Historical Fiction Competition organised by the History Teachers' Association of Victoria.
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