The History Council of New South Wales (HCNSW) was established in 1995. It is a not-for-profit membership association, and a registered charity. It is supported by Create NSW through an annual grant under the Arts & Cultural Development Program, and through partnerships with large cultural organisations.
The HCNSW is guided by the rules of its Constitution, a copy of which is available for download on this page. Its work is guided by a General Council that is elected from and by the membership.
The HCNSW believes that History shapes the present and the future. The HCNSW fosters the practice of history in all its forms.
We provide programs and services, which aim to build capacity within the history sector and showcase the importance of history.
We focus on five key areas:
- Members – Dialogue & Development
- Sector – Data & Research
- Forms of Practice
- Alliances & Goodwill
Our objectives are to:
- provide a forum for identifying and responding to issues of relevance to the practice of history
- support history’s role in informing and shaping public debate, policy and future planning
- recognise the diversity of historical perspectives, including those of Indigenous peoples, and encourage excellence in historical practice
- facilitate communication within the history community and provide opportunities for collaboration
- provide professional development activities and opportunities for our members and audiences across NSW.
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The History Council of NSW is staffed part-time by Catherine Shirley, Victoria Brookman and Laura Sayle, and is governed by the Executive Committee and General Council.
Executive & Strategic Development Officer (0.6 FTE)
Catherine is an adult educator and historian who enjoys researching and creating and distributing stories of the past to illuminate the present, as well as managing cultural organisations to reach their potential.
Her career experiences include the ABC (TV Producer & Series Producer of Factual Programs and then Senior Executive), AFTRS (Hd Television), National Film & Sound Archive (Senior Executive) and various Adult Education management roles including the City of Sydney.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Philosophy (Modern History), Graduate Diploma in eLearning, Graduated Diploma in Human Resource Management and Master of Education in Adult Education.
Programs & Administration Officer (0.4 FTE)
Victoria is a novelist, academic and researcher who is passionate about storytelling.
She is the author of Burnt Out (HarperCollins, 2022), and her work has also been published in Australian Humanities Review, The Sunday Telegraph, Cordite, and Sunshine (SUP).
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), majoring in English (University of Sydney) and a Master of Research (Macquarie University), and she is currently a doctoral candidate at Western Sydney University.
Media & Communications Officer (0.2 FTE)
Laura is currently studying a Bachelors of Arts majoring in History and Criminology while also completing a minor in Indigenous Studies (University of Wollongong).
While she started her career in retail and administration, she is an aspiring researcher and academic who brings her extensive passion for history to the role after completing an internship with the Council at the end of 2022.
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