Welcome to the History Council of Victoria!

The History Council of Victoria Incorporated (HCV) is the peak body for history in the Australian state of Victoria. Its vision is to connect Victorians with history and to inspire engagement with the past, their identity and the world today. 

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, community and specialist history organisations.

The HCV delivers a number of accessible and well-received history-focussed initiatives. These include:

  • History Roadshow
    This program tours regional Victoria to deliver curriculum enrichment sessions for VCE history students and teachers. The program is funded by the Strategic Partnership Program of the state government's Department of Education and Training.
  • Annual Lecture 
    Since 2004, the lecture has been delivered by eminent and respected authorities who have shared fresh thinking and new evidence on historical topics. The 2019 lecture was delivered in Melbourne on 2 October by Emeritus Professor Richard Broome of La Trobe University. Click HERE to learn more. 
  • Projects such as the Value of History (a collaborative project of the four History Councils in Australia),  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).

Since 2015, the HCV has been pleased to sponsor the Years 9 and 10 category of the Historical Fiction Competition organised by the History Teachers' Association of Victoria. 

Get involved!

Here are some ways to get involved: 

  • Endorse the Value of History, a statement developed co-operatively by the HCV and the History Councils of New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

  • Sign up as a Friend of the HCV. Friends can add their own history-related events in Victoria to our calendar.

If you have questions, or suggestions that would assist the HCV in its work, please contact us.

 

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