The History Council of Victoria Incorporated (HCV) is the peak body for history in Victoria. Through its activities, it encourages the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of history, and aims to raise the profile of history with decision-makers and the wider community.
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 and community history organisations.
The HCV delivers a number of accessible and well-received history-focussed initiatives. These include:
The History Roadshow program, which tours regional Victoria delivering curriculum enrichment sessions for VCE history students and teachers. This program is funded by the Strategic Partnership Program of the state government's Department of Education
The Making Public Histories seminar series, exploring issues and approaches in making public histories and offered jointly by HCV, Monash University’s Institute for Public History and the State Library of Victoria.
The Annual Lecture which in recent years has been delivered by personalities such as Gideon Haigh, Clare Wright, William McInnes and Barry Jones. The 2014 lecture was delivered by Dr Paul Sendziuck on the topic: ' Worlds Apart: A Comparative History of Responses to AIDS in Australia
and the United States'.
Projects such as Drought Stories, a spoken and visual history of recent drought in Victoria, recording the experience of drought-affected communities.
In 2015, the HCV is pleased to sponsor the Year 9 and 10 category of the Historical Fiction Competition organised by the History Teachers' Association of Victoria.
Our Annual Report for 2013-2014 was finalised in November 2014.
If you would like to become a Friend of the History Council of Victoria please join our mailing list by sending an email to the address shown on our contact page .
The HCV is registered as a Cultural Organisation with the Australian Government and is able to receive tax-deductible donations from Australian tax-payers. Cheques or money-orders can be posted to the address shown on our contact page. Electronic transfers can be deposited directly to our Public Fund account with the ANZ bank (History Council of Victoria Inc, BSB 013-040, Account number 3695-85344). Please ensure that you provide us (by post or email) with your name and contact details so we can issue a receipt to support your claim for a tax deduction.
The History Council of Victoria is grateful for all contributions and support.
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