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 Events

Through building knowledge

Through networking & learning from others

We live History

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


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Featured events

Australian Lebanese Family History Workshop

1pm – 5pm, 9th February 2019

History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Do you want to research, record and tell your family story/stories? Come and hear Alissar Chodoac, Cecile Yazbek, Nola Bramble, Glen Kalem, Emil Dan and Dr Paula Abood give brief overviews  of the different ways they have approached the documentation and telling of Lebanese Australian family histories. Then join other participants to workshop ideas and stories.

As well as the invited speakers, we are fortunate to have Dr Tanya Evans, the current president of the History Council of New South Wales, Dr Jumana Bayeh and Dr Anne Monsour as workshop facilitators. Come and share your experiences and get practical ideas about what you can do to make discovering, preserving and telling your family story a reality. Be sure to bring along any writing, documenting or recording you have already done! This ‘hands-on’ workshop is open to all interested participants.

This workshop is presented through a partnership between the History Council of NSWThe Royal Australian Historical Society, the Centre for Applied History (Macquarie University), and the Australian Lebanese Historical Society 

Further information is available here

Member advantage (exclusively for members and member organisations)

We connect emerging and established history professionals with community and local government organisations across NSW.

Speaker Connect provides speakers with paid professional speaking opportunities and hosts with high quality speakers and publicity support.

Whether an exciting and thought provoking talk on Australian history, or a professional development workshop, our program is a great chance to develop professional skills and raise the profile of history.

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) to raise awareness of the crucial role languages play in people’s daily lives.

Professional Development: New GLAM-er Networking event for Early Career Cultural Sector Workers

The Australian Sector for Public History (UTS) are hosting a new event GLAM-er. 

Call for Entries: Prime Ministers’s Literary Awards 2019

The Department of Communication and the Arts has announced the opening of nominations for the 2019 NSW Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. 

Talk: What Does It Say? How to read handwriting from the late 18th to early 20th centuries

Gail Davis, Senior Archivist, Research and Publications, NSW State Archives will be presenting a session on how to decipher old handwriting.

Entries Closing Soon for the National Trust Heritage Awards 2019

The National Trust Heritage Awards are the signature event of the Australian Heritage Festival and one of the premier Heritage awards in Australia. They are now in their 25th year of recognising heritage projects.

Professional Development: Teacher Training Seminar – Catastrophe and Memory: Remembering Genocide

Sydney Jewish Museum is hosting a new Lunchtime Lecture: Trauma, Memory and Architecture A conversation with David Neustein of Other Architects

Documentary Film Screening at Sydney Jewish Museum: Uncle Chatzkel

Sydney Jewish Museum are hosting a special screening of an important documentary, Uncle Chatzel by Rod Freeman.

Opportunity: Visions of Australia Regional Exhibition Touring Funding

The Visions of Australia program provides support for arts and cultural heritage organisations to develop or tour exhibitions of cultural material that has historic, scientific or artistic significance.

Opportunity: Shortstacks Short Film Prize 2019

The State Library of New South Wales has launched their inaugural short film prize, Shortstacks. This new prize has a total of $20,000 on offer across two prize categories, General and Youth. 

Professional Development: Museum Objects Loan Workshop with the Museum of Arts and Sciences

The Museum of Arts and Sciences are providing practical workshops for museum loans. This workshop will equip you with the tools to create a variety of simple supports and pack a range of objects.

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