Vision and Values

The History Council of Victoria Incorporated (HCV) is the peak body for history in Victoria.

Through its activities, the HCV encourages the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of history, and aims to raise the profile of history with decision-makers and the wider community. Its detailed purposes are listed below.

The HCV was established in 2001 as a public advisory body to support and promote history in Victoria. It comprises representatives from a wide range of arts, heritage and educational organisations.

Our vision

Connecting Victorians with history and inspiring engagement with the past, their identity and the world today

Our values

We encourage excellence through all that we say and do

We respect diversity

We recognise that history can be written about any place, any person, any period

We celebrate the work of historians

We value historically significant places and objects

We value the records that provide evidence for historians

We value those who maintain living historical traditions and intangible heritage practices

We encourage those who share their experiences through oral histories, thereby creating new forms of evidence of the past

We acknowledge the historical narratives and interpretations shaped by writers, producers and artists and revealed through all forms of scholarly and creative media

We congratulate the teachers who encourage the pursuit of history and foster a life-long love of learning in this field

We believe that the study of history contributes to work readiness and job satisfaction, and that the best decisions draw on historical knowledge 



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 champions the work of historians and the value of history. It recognises that history can be written about any place, any person, any period. The HCV advocates why history matters.

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Our calendar lists all upcoming public events arranged by the History Council of Victoria (HCV), plus events in Victoria, Australia, that are added by our Friends and Members.

If you are organising an event that relates to History, we encourage you to publicise it on our website.

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As the peak body for history in Victoria, the History Council makes submissions on current issues. In doing this, the HCV Board is guided by its Advocacy Policy and by 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.

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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.

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Ways to support us:

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The HCV was formed as an advisory body in 2001 and incorporated in 2003. It comprises representatives from cultural and educational institutions and heritage bodies; history teachers and curriculum advisors; academic and professional historians; and local, Indigenous, community and specialist history organisations.

As the peak body for history, the HCV has both ‘outward-looking’ roles (including advocacy and representation to government and the wider community, consultation, community education, and networking with allied interest groups) and ‘inward-looking’ roles (including member support, information dissemination, and networking between members).





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