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.

We provide services and programs which aim to build capacity within the history sector and showcase the importance of history.


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Announcement about our events

The History Council of NSW is very sad to announce that our three planned public events in March & April have now been cancelled or postponed due to the impact of COVID-19.  These include:

  • Careers in History (postponed)
  • Newcastle Writers Festival Panel (cancelled)
  • Sydney Writers Festival Panel (cancelled)

We are currently discussing ways in which we can bring you the content of these events either later in the year, or in a different format (eg Online).

  • Speaker Connect Program – we are working through our Speaker Connect bookings, conferring with our Speakers and Hosts and where possible, postponing the engagements until later in the year.  We have suspended applications until further notice.

All inquiries about our programs and these changes should be directed to:

Thank you for your understanding.


Bringing history into the digital age!


In light of this international pandemic, we promise to be active virtually, making use of the online environment in order to engage and support our community during this time of need.

Looking for historically-focussed content and online courses while distancing yourself from social gatherings, or in quarantine? Look no further! Through this space we will regularly upload content for our most valued audience.

If you have any suggestions for new, interesting and engaging content that you believe we should share on our website or digital platforms, please do contact us via email ( We would love to hear from you and to share the amazing things our community is doing!


Image Credit | Library confusion, 23/12/1952 Home and Away – 26851, courtesy of the State Library of NSW.

City of Sydney: Archives & History Resources

A fabulous collection of online resources that you can explore!

Collections to delve into:

  • Development & Building
  • Historical Atlas
  • Sands Postal Directory
  • Places of Interest
  • Assessment Books
  • Books & Journals
  • Planning Street Cards
  • Proceedings of Council
  • People & Positions
  • Events
  • Special Collections
  • Villages & Suburbs

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Connected Histories of the BBC

Looking for some options when working from home or remotely?

We have the perfect thing for you! Follow this interesting blog from Connected Histories of the BBC, of Project Manager Denise Penrose’s insightful blog journey on how to build & explore project management tools.

Some blogs of interest:

  • ‘War from the inside: Oral Histories from the BBC’
  • ‘Opening-up the oral history of The BBC during World War Two’
  • ‘Why oral history? The BBC and the challenge of memory’

Now here is a great series to delve into! 

  • ‘100 Voices that Made The BBC – Pioneering Women’

Image credit | Connected Histories of the BBC.

The Power of Podcasting for Storytelling @ University of Wollongong, Australia


Do you wish to explore the power of the podcast?

Podcasting has become an increasingly popular way to tell stories, the number of podcasts grow each year.

On this course you will explore exactly what a podcast is and why it’s so powerful for storytelling.

This is an online course, starts 20 April 2020.


Video Credit | Future Learn at the University of Wollongong.

A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of COVID-19

Join the Melbourne History Workshop in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne in documenting these challenging times locally and around the globe.

You are invited you to share your experience and impressions of how CoVid19 has affected our lives, from the mundane to the extraordinary, including the ways things haven’t changed at all.

Share your story in: 

  • Text
  • Images & Video
  • Tweets & Texts
  • Facebook posts, Instagram or Snapchat memes
  • Screenshots of the news and emails

– anything that speaks to paradoxes of the moment!

Think about – what future historians might need to write about and understand this historical moment?

Citation | Margaret Anderson, “Flinders Street Station, Melbourne deserted at 7.45 AM on a Tuesday morning,” A Journal of the Plague Year: an Archive of CoVid19, accessed March 23, 2020, courtesy of ‘A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of COVID-19’.

Player FM - Australian History Podcasts

Eager to listen to some fascinating podcasts about history?

There’s a great list of podcasts on PlayerFM with programs that cover many aspects of history around the world, not only Australian history.

Some noteworthy mentions:

  • Australian Histories Podcast
  • A History of the World in 100 Objects
  • Living History with Mat McLachlan
  • The History Listen
  • History Lab

And much more!


Image Credit | Radio station @CH, Home and Away – 31459, courtesy of the State Library of NSW

History Week 2020

(we are still continuing our planning for History Week 2020, despite concerns about COVID-19, and we urge our members to think of new and different ways in which you can celebrate history at this time)
(5th to the 13th of September 2020)
Theme:  “History: What is it good for?”

In 2019 the combined Australian History Councils launched the Value of History Statement.

The History Week theme for 2020 invites our members to share with their communities why history matters to them. From telling stories about the past to shaping our futures, the practice of history enriches our lives in so many ways.
What do you love about history?
Can history be life-changing?
Let’s shout from the rooftops why we value history!
For more information, visit the History Week 2020 webpage.

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