One of the key goals of the History Council of NSW is to provide a forum for identifying and responding to issues of relevance to the practice of history. Issues include:
- Research funding for the arts and cultural sectors
- Arts funding, in particular for cultural institutions
- Legislative issues
- History curricula in the primary, secondary and tertiary education sectors
- Digital archives and digitisation of records
- Copyright and the copyright act
- Censorship and privacy
- Intellectual freedom
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
We make submissions, write letters and issue media releases where appropriate. We welcome public input on all matters relating to the practice and preservation of history. Please contact us.
Loyalty Demonstration, Quirindi, NSW, 22 May 1921, image courtesy State Library of NSW
Statements & Submissions
The importance of the ‘Value of History’, nonprofits & activism | Will Davies’ “History is not bunk – Why history deserves your attention”
On 3 September 2019, Dr Stephen Gapps, President of the History Council of NSW, launched the Value of History Statement in New South Wales and called for its endorsement. Australian historian Will Davies in his TedX Talk in October 2019 explores the value of history.
The Australiana Fund | An invitation to contribute to the acquisition of ‘The Munro Ferguson Collection’
We are happy to support and advocate for the successful acquisition of the ‘The Munro Ferguson Collection’ to The Australiana Fund.
The History Councils of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia have jointly adopted a statement about the Value of History.
The HCNSW has lodged an objection with the Federal Minister for Education about political interference in the awarding of Australian Research Council Grants.
The HCNSW has lodged an objection with the Attorney-General’s Department about the proposed changes to Notice of intended marriage (NOIM) form will also impact on other official marriage forms.
The Dictionary of Sydney is entering a new partnership with the State Library of NSW and will move its main website to a new platform at the library.