Jane Hansen Prize for History Advocacy

We announced the winner of the inaugural Jane Hansen Prize for Advocacy at our Annual Lecture in October 2021.

You can read our press release here: Jane_Hansen_Prize_for_History_Advocacy_-_Press_release.pdf


The Jane Hansen Prize for History Advocacy recognises the efforts of a group or individual that has advocated for the value of history (of any society and/or period), the work of historians and/or the importance of a history education.

The Prize is named in honour of Ms Jane Hansen AO whose passion for history and its advocacy is widely acknowledged. Through the Hansen Little Foundation, which aims to create a legacy of significant and positive change that inspires and enables Australians, Ms Hansen has provided generous philanthropic support for history and historians in a number of organisations. Her unsolicited donation to the HCV in 2020 inspired the Board to create this Prize. 

The winner will be announced in conjunction with the HCV's Annual Lecture in October each year.

An annual prize of $500 is offered. Winners will also be recognised with a certificate, acknowledgement via the HCV’s publications and social media, and year-long membership to the HCV Friends.

Nominations (by others, or by self) will require the submission of examples of the person's advocacy of history (e.g. through radio, tv, newspaper, social media, letter-writing etc.) plus the results and responses.

This prize is administered by the Board of the HCV and nominations open in February each year.

The HCV welcomes enquiries from individuals and organisations that wish to sponsor awards and prizes in areas relating to history and the work of historians. 

The HCV also welcomes donations at any time. All contributions help to support our work towards achieving our cultural purposes. Donations over $2 are deductible for Australian tax-payers.