Speaker Connect

Our popular Speaker Connect program aims to connect emerging and established history professionals with community and local government organisations across New South Wales. 

The program takes place throughout the year as well as during History Week.

How it works

Our Speaker Connect program gives both organisations and individuals the chance to further their professional skills and raise the profile of history in their community and/or their profession with the History Council of NSW paying the speaker fee and matching up speakers to organisations throughout NSW.

Apply below to either host a speaker or apply to speak.  Further information can be obtained via contacting our Programs Officer – programs@historycouncilnsw.org.au.

Upcoming talks

Maud Butler: You Can’t Fight, You’re A Girl

Yvonne Fletcher is at Toronto Library this History Week to share the story of Maud Butler: a girl, disguised as a soldier, who served in World War One.

The speaker was superb and the audience was very involved. Everything is made so easy for organisers and if I had any enquiries I received excellent support. Speaker Connect 2017

Speaker Connect was a really enjoyable experience. I loved meeting members of the local community and learning more about how they engage with history. Speaker Connect 2017

It’s a great initiative that provides an easy way for historians to get their work heard outside the usual circles. Everything was really well organised. Speaker Connect 2016

Outstanding…a fabulous program to connect venues and speakers. It allows us to host speakers we would not ordinarily be able to host. Speaker Connect 2015

What makes a good application?
Applicants should:

  • reflect their desire to contribute to the understanding and practice of history in NSW
  • be detailed and specific about why they would like to participate and the audience they would like to engage
  • be detailed about how they would benefit from involvement in the program
  • outline any prior experience that may contribute to the program.
Is this part of the History Week festival?
No, this Speaker Connect series is not a part of the History Week festival.

Apply for the History Week Speaker Connect program.

Do I have to be a History Council member to participate?
Yes. All applicants, whether host organisations or individual speakers, must be current members of the History Council of NSW to participate in this program. We rely on the financial support of our members to deliver our annual programs. Read more and apply to become a member.
What do speakers receive for their participation?
  • We offer a $300 honorarium to all speakers for their services. Alternatively, speakers can choose to contribute their fee as a donation towards program costs. Speakers will receive the honorarium on completion of their talk.
  • Accommodation and travel costs within NSW will be arranged and paid by the History Council of NSW.
What do hosts receive for their participation?
Host organisations will receive:

  • A speaker free of charge. We will also cover the speaker’s travel costs
  • Promotional material where necessary (such as flyers, posters etc)
  • Publicity support to assist in promoting the event.
How and when are applications assessed?
  • Applications will be assessed as they are received, and successful applicants will be contacted as soon as possible to begin organisation
  • Please note that this program is competitive and not all applications will be successful
  • Applicants must submit their application at least six weeks before the desired date of their speaker connect event. This is to ensure ample time for organisation and promotion
  • Applications that are unsuccessful or have missed the deadline for certain dates/months can be carried over and assessed for the next available date/month.

Speakers will be assessed on:

  • their ability to deliver exciting and thought provoking talks that illuminate aspects of Australian history or
  • their ability deliver a professional development workshop/seminar geared toward the practice of history.

Host organisations will be assessed on:

  • Venue facilities – the capacity, audio visual equipment and access of your venue will be considered
  • Audience and purpose – how would your organisation benefit from the program? How might it fit in with your other events and programs? What audiences do you hope to engage and how would this program serve them?
  • Experience – previous experience in promoting and hosting events locally will be taken into consideration.

All applicants should be willing to communicate with History Council staff in order to ensure the efficient, appropriate and successful organisation and promotion of their speaker connect event.

Have any questions? Contact us at programs@historycouncilnsw.org.au

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