Welcome to the History Council of NSW

Our vision is to ensure that history, in all its diverse forms, is an important part of the cultural life of the people and communities of New South Wales.

Through our Expertise

Run by members for members throughout the year, the Speaker Connect program links experts in their field with members of the community.

The HCNSW believes that History shapes the present and the future.  It fosters the practice of history in all its forms.


About us and our programs


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History Week

Participate in our flagship festival

Event Calendar

Interactive Calendar of Events

History Week 2020

Registrations close on 18 August 2020

History Week in 2020 offers members a chance to create and present their events online, face-to-face, or a combination of both formats.

For general information about History Week, check that page, or for information about how you can plan and produce an online event, check the History Week Online information page.




Champion Racing Pigeon. Source: Sam Hood Collection, State Library of NSW

HCNSW Awards & Prizes

– application date now extended!

Our awards and prizes foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.

This year, we have uncoupled the Annual History Lecture and the Awards & Prizes event which will now be online.

Applicants can apply online via our streamlined site.

The criteria for each award and prize is available on our
Awards & Prizes page.

Submission deadline now extended to
Monday 31 August 2020
(5:00 pm)

Dulcie Deamer in her famous leopard skin dress, circa 1924. (Photo credit:  Swiss Photographic Studios, Image courtesy State Library of NSW.)



Speaker Connect 2020 – now Online!


Did you know that we have now moved our Speaker Connect program online?  That means that our Speakers can make presentations from the comfort and safety of their own homes, and Hosts can still host their sessions via electronic means (eg Zoom) and reach a wide audience.

It’s a great opportunity for our Members to undertake a paid speaking engagement, and for Host Member organisations to receive a speaker from the HCNSW at no cost to you.

Visit our Speaker Connect page to find out more about the program and how to apply to be a Speaker or Host (Members only).



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