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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History Week

Participate in our flagship festival


Careers in History, Ep. 2


7 July 2020 @ 5.30-6.30 pm


Is there such a thing as a career in history?

The world of the past is broken down into numerous fields, from archivists, librarians and curators to archaeologists, historians and heritage consultants.

Join Dr Kiera Lindsey as she hosts a session with early-career historians, Alinde Bierhuizen, Social History Curator at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery and Bonnie Wildie, Archivist in Engagement and Access Services at NSW State Archives. 

For more information, including bookings, click here.

This event is free & online!



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


HCNSW Awards & Prizes

– applications now open!

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, applicants can apply online via our streamlined site.

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

Submission deadline is

Monday 27 July 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Radio Announcer. (Photo credit: Sam Hood Collection, State Library of NSW

History Week 2020 – Online!
(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  and in 2020 the HCNSW 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.



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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