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History Week 2020 – History: What is it good for?

5 – 13 September 2020  |  #HistoryWeek2020

(Note:  Artwork for History Week 2020 will be available in early 2020)


History Week is the annual, state-wide celebration of History organised by the History Council of New South Wales.

In 2019 the combined Australian History Councils launched the Value of History Statement.

The History Week theme for 2020 invites participants 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!

This is your opportunity to share your latest passion, a long term project or research that has moved you. Involve your local community in histories that matter through History Week 2020.

Theme for History Week 2020

During History Week 2020 we ask you to answer the question: History: What is it good for?

We want you to tell History Week audiences what histories are special to you.

  • Are these histories of place and environment such as local, public, urban, architectural or environmental history?
  • Or perhaps your focus is people and you are drawn to family histories, Indigenous histories and biographical history?
  • Is speculative, fictional, cultural or social history what inspires you?
  • Maybe you love military, economic, business or labour histories?

The combined Australian State History Councils’ Value of History Statement shows how history is critical in shaping local identities, fostering inclusive communities and generating economic well-being. History stimulates us to think critically and creatively, and it inspires future generations.

Whatever your style, taste and interest in history, we want you to answer the question: What is history good for?  Absolutely everything!

What happens in History Week?

Members apply through the HCNSW to host History events relating to the annual theme.  Previous events have included talks and lectures, ‘behind the scene tours’ and heritage trails, exhibitions and radio features, film festivals, open historic houses and gardens, book sales and launches.  Overall, there will be close to 100 events being staged throughout NSW in History Week 2020.

In 2020, History Week will be launched on Friday 4 September at the NSW Premier’s History Awards, an event run in partnership with the State Library of NSW.

A further feature event of History Week is the Annual History Lecture and Awards planned for the night of 8 September 2020, this year featuring Professor Stan Grant as lecturer.  

How can members be involved in History Week 2020?

You and your organisation can take advantage of the week and promote your organisation by hosting an event that you create, by hosting a History speaker through our Speaker Connect program and/or attending the NSW Premier’s History Awards at the State Library of NSW and the History Council’s Annual History Lecture and Awards. Your event will form part of the HCNSW’s media campaign and be promoted in the History Week 2020 Program Calendar on our website, an example of which can be seen on the right of this page.

When will registrations for History Week 2020 open?

Registrations will open early in June.  Please subscribe to our newsletter via the form below for updates and further announcements about History Week 2020.

Further questions about History Week 2020?

More information is available through our frequently asked questions to the right, or contact us at

Do I have to be a History Council member to participate?

History Week events are open to the public. However, all organisations or individuals wishing to host a History Week event or take part in the History Week Speaker Connect program must be current members of the History Council of NSW. The History Council relies on the financial support of its members to deliver its annual programs. Apply to become a member here.

What makes a successful History Week event?

Successful History Week events:

  • relate to or incorporate the History Week theme
  • select a running time most appropriate for the target audience (for example, many students, full-time workers and young people are unable to attend events scheduled during the day. We advise hosts to consider running an event outside of regular office hours to attract wider audiences)
  • select a format most appropriate for the target audience (for example a lecture, exhibition, interactive experience etc)
  • are well and consistently promoted at least one month in advance and across a variety of channels, in addition to the History Council of NSW’s online channels
  • have a clear, concise and engaging event description, along with an eye-catching and relevant feature image, which entices audiences to attend
  • include clear instructions on how attendees can book or register for the event, whether this be through an online booking system, or via a contact email or phone number.
What is the History Week event registration process?

History week event registrations will open early in 2020.  All registrations must be made via the online form which will be advertised on this site.

Do you have a media pack and guide?

We have made a media pack available for our host organisations to assist in publicity. Download our logo, publicity guide and media release template below.

HCNSW logo (jpeg 62kb)
Publicity guide (pdf 172kb)

Please contact us at for assistance.

How does the Speaker Connect program fit into History Week?

The Speaker Connect program is run all year round.  During History Week, we encourage Speakers to apply to give a presentation focused on the annual History Week theme.  Applications for Speaker Connect are via the web form on that page.

NSW Government logo thumbnailHistory Week is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW


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