Victorian Community History Awards 2015The Victorian Community History Awards are on again, and there’s only a few weeks left to get your applications in.

The Victorian Community History Awards have been held since 1999, and is organised by Royal Historical Society of Victoria in cooperation with the Public Record Office Victoria. To find out about previous winners of the VCHA visit the Past VCHA Winners page.

These Awards are open to anyone (organisations and/or residents) from Australia as long as the subject matter is limited to history primarily relating to the state of Victoria – which being the “Victorian History Awards” is totally understandable and fair.

Covering a variety of formats, the Victorian Community History Awards are divided into the following categories:

  • Victoria’s Community History Award, $5000 – Awarded to the most outstanding community history project submitted in any category.
  • Collaborative Community History Award, $2000 – This award recognises the best community collaborative work which involves significant contribution from several individuals, groups or historical societies.
  • Local History Project Award, $2000 – This award recognises activities that enhance access to records of significance to local communities. The project should increase access, awareness and participation in history on a local or community level including, but not limited to, digitising, indexing and/or cataloguing of resources and original research.
  • History Publication Award, $2000History Publication Award – $2000 A non-fiction publication or e-book on Victorian history. This could include a biography or a story of social, urban, institutional, regional or cultural history.
  • Local History Small Publication Award, $1500 – For the best small, limited run publication or e-book which which features Victorian local, cultural or social history. The entry should deal with an area of community or city, or regional history, local identity, social or cultural history connected with the community.
  • Multimedia History Award, $2000 – For the best presentation of history which uses non-print media and has a broad community reach. This project can include, but is not limited to, multimedia exhibitions, radio, mobile applications, website, digital video/podcasts or online applications.
  • Historical Interpretation Award, $2000 – This award recognizes unique formats of historical representation. Applicants are encouraged to submit history related experiences told through physical exhibitions, artistic interpretation, history walks and tours.
  • Centenary of WW1 Award – $1500 This year the judges will award a special prize for the best work or project submitted in any category on the impact of World War One on Victoria or Victorians.
  • History Article (Peer Reviewed) – $500 This award recognises the best essay or article published in a recognised peer reviewed journal that illuminates the history of Victoria or Victorians. Articles must be written in a scholarly style using appropriate conventions of citation and evidence and be formally reviewed by referees with relevant expertise.

Entrants’ work must be completed between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015, and an official entry form must accompany each entry, and entries MUST be received by:

2pm Friday 7 August 2015

You can download an application form from here.

For further information please contact the Royal Historical Society of Victoria by email:
phone: (03) 9326 9288