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.
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.
Media & Communications Officer (0.2 FTE)
Laura is a cultural worker with experience in communications, collections management, curation and preventive conservation in the not-for-profit sector.
Following a 6-month internship at the HCNSW, Laura has taken up the reigns of the Media & Communications role for the organisation, promoting history events and driving engagement across our multiple social media platforms.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology & Classical Studies (University of Auckland), a Master of Museum & Heritage Studies (University of Sydney), and she is currently studying towards a Master of Information Studies, specialising in Records & Archives Management (Charles Sturt University).
Project Officer First Nations Histories (0.4 FTE)
Lisa has a passion for First Nations History and has worked in several roles supporting the Aboriginal Community in the protection, research, and recording of Aboriginal Cultural History.
She has also worked developing projects and programs to highlight traditional land management practices through her previous role as Natural Resource Manager at Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council and through Landcare.
Her qualifications include a Diploma in Leadership and Management, a Diploma in Community Coordination and Facilitation, Lisa is currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Archaeology & History) at the University of New England.
The History Council of NSW is a charity registered with the Australian Charities & Not-for-Profits Commission. Click on the logo to read more about us.
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