Speaker Connect

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

Speaker Connect takes place throughout the year, with a special program during History Week.

Speaker Connect | Our Speakers

The History Council of NSW hosts a program of speakers of outstanding quality and expertise, connecting them with organisations across the state to facilitate the sharing of their wealth of knowledge with the wider community. Michael Bodey Michael Bodey is an...


How Speaker Connect works

Our Speaker Connect program gives both member 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 host member organisations throughout NSW.  Speakers and Hosts need to be members of the History Council of NSW to participate in the program.

Further information can be obtained via contacting our Programs Officer –

Applications for Speaker Connect are open for Speakers and Host organisations.  Please fill out the online forms via the buttons below. Deadline is six weeks before the planned event.


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 participant, 2016

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 speaker, 2017

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 host, 2017

This is the second time we’ve participated and as before, everything was clear and straightforward, information was communicated well and resources were supplied in plenty of time before the event.  It was a very well-organised program!

Speaker Connect host, 2018

Frequently asked questions

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
  • be a current member of this History Council of NSW
Is this part of the History Week festival?

The Speaker Connect program is not specifically a part of the History Week festival as runs throughout the year. There is an option to stage your event during History Week, which some speakers and organisations prefer.


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?
  • Speakers have the opportunity to present to an audience of history enthusiasts and/or academics.
  • 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.
  • Meals and refreshments are the responsibility of the speaker and it is expected that they are covered by the honorarium.
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 via the History Council of NSW’s social media sites and newsletter.
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.
  • Membership (current) of the History Council of NSW.

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.
  • Membership (current) of the History Council of NSW.

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.

I'm a writer - can I sell my book at the Speaker Connect event?

The HCNSW is funded by the NSW Government to support the Speaker Connect program. This is used to pay a fee to Speakers for their engagements.  Speakers are therefore asked not to sell their books at the event directly, but encourage people to order them online.  Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

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