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