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Sarah Morris joined the History Council of Victoria in March 2020, representing the Australian Museums and Galleries Association, Victoria.
Sarah brings over 20 years of experience in the Australian museums and galleries sector, across performing arts, visual arts, and social history institutions. She has worked with state collections, local government, and international cultural programs; and has extensive curatorial, programming and exhibition development experience. Prior to her role of Executive Director at AMaGA Victoria, she was a member of the leadership team for the Australian Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne.
Professor David Lowe FASSA joined the History Council of Victoria in May 2020, representing Deakin University, and became Deputy Chair of the Board in September 2020.
David is Chair of Contemporary History in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University, and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. He has published widely on the history of Australia in the world and on international history and memory, including Menzies and the Great World Struggle (1999), Australian between Empires: The Life of Percy Spender (2010), Remembering the Cold War (with Tony Joel, 2013), and Remembering Independence (with Carola Lentz, 2018). In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
David is co-founder of the Australian Policy and History network (https://aph.org.au) and was Visiting Professor in Australian Studies at the University of Tokyo, 2019-20.
Dr Yves Rees joined the History Council of Victoria in May 2020, representing La Trobe University.
Yves is a Lecturer in History at La Trobe and co-host of the history podcast Archive Fever. Yves has published widely across Australian gender, transnational and economic history, and also writes on transgender identity and politics. Yves is a regular contributor to ABC radio and The Conversation, and their work has appeared in the Australian Book Review, Overland, Guardian Australia, Inside Story and Archer.
Dr Annette Shiell joined the History Council of Victoria (HCV) in February 2020, representing the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), where she is the Executive Manager Collections & Cultural Projects.
Annette is a curator and historian with a background in art and craft, Australian history and popular culture. Her personal and professional interests include ephemera, textiles and domestic material culture. She is the author/editor of several publications including Bonzer: Australian Comics 1900 - 1990s and Fundraising Flirtation and Fancywork: Charity Bazaars in Nineteenth Century Australia.
In May 2020, the HCV Board appointed Alicia Cerreto as the Deputy Executive Officer, following the news of Margaret Birtley’s retirement. Alicia and Margaret will work together for a time, and later in the year when the extended handover is complete, Alicia will step into the role of Executive Officer.
Alicia will be known to many of you as the current President of the Professional Historians Association (Victoria and Tasmania). In this role she has advocated for the work of historians and for the value of history, overseen a significant increase in membership, and supported the provision of events, professional development and communication with the wider community.
In her professional life Alicia is a consulting historian and is passionate about sharing stories of the past with new audiences. Her work has focused on community organisations such as Berry Street, The Bridge and Travellers Aid Australia. Over her career, Alicia has also worked alongside teachers in both primary and secondary schools. She has worked in philanthropy at both Monash and Deakin Universities. Alicia has community and professional engagement expertise and a well-regarded ability to manage projects and meet project deadlines in a community context.
Alicia’s initial focus will be on the History Roadshow and a new Communications Strategy for HCV, reflecting her expertise in this area. You can read more about her HERE, and her email address is [email protected]
Please join me in welcoming Alicia to the HCV.
Emeritus Professor Peter McPhee AM FAHA FASSA
History Council of Victoria
Alicia Cerreto joined the History Council of Victoria as Deputy Executive Officer in May 2020. She was appointed Executive Officer and Secretary in December 2020.
Alicia is a professional historian with a focus on Australian community history. She is passionate about supporting the work of historians and advocating for the value of history. A graduate of the Master of Public History at Monash University, Alicia’s recent work includes commissioned histories for Berry Street, The Bridge and Travellers Aid Australia. She has also worked for Deakin and Monash Universities in philanthropy, and at the University of Melbourne Archives. Alicia was President of the Professional Historians Association (Victoria & Tasmania) from 2015 to 2020.
The HCV is governed by its Rules. These were most recently revised in November 2016.
The HCV's financial year runs from July to June and its programs are delivered in the calendar year.
The HCV is:
incorporated as an association in Victoria in 2003 (Association Registration Number: A0045117K)
registered as an Australian business (ABN 29 687 468 421) and for the Goods and Services Tax
registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
listed on the Australian government’s Register of Cultural Organisations and recognised as a Deductible Gift Recipient by the Australian Taxation Office
The Association is established for public charitable purposes of promoting the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of written literature, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, oral history, film and other art forms that have historical content or significance by, without limitation:
- promoting the writing and protection of historical literature;
- raising the profile of literature and media with historical content at all levels of government and throughout the community to strengthen recognition of history in policy and practice;
- facilitating communication and cooperation between the History Council’s constituent organisations in the interests of promoting public awareness of historical culture;
- undertaking lectures, seminars and other activities that encourage access to historical literature, artefacts, film and other art forms;
- facilitating co-ordination between the various organisations involved in writing historical literature and the teaching of history in schools;
- advising on appropriate information, communication and referral procedures for individuals and organisations in the history community;
- promoting art forms based on, or inspired by, Victoria’s history;
- promoting awareness of and encouraging research into the historical culture of Victoria’s diverse populations;
- increasing support to history teachers and students, particularly in regional and rural areas;
- increasing support and resources for history from a wide range of government, community and business sources through direct representation, cultural activities, awards, promotions and exhibitions;
- exploring and advising on ways of improving the knowledge base of teachers of history through use of historical literature and other media; and
- promoting the study and display of movable cultural heritage.
Our strategic goals
A. Champion the pursuit of history so that more students develop a life-long interest in history
B. Advocate history as a key context for current decision making, attitudes and action so that communities receive early warning of issues, avoid repeating mistakes of the past, and are alerted to positive lessons from history
C. Increase public engagement with history so that audiences and users benefit from fresh insights and relevant information
D. Be the hub for history in Victoria: an effective and professional portal linking relevant organisations, programs, information and activities so that the public can confidently access historians and historical resources, and the history sector is strengthened by networking and cooperation
E. Govern the HCV ethically, efficiently and effectively so that the association becomes stronger and more sustainable