The Victorian Community History Awards are on again. Held annually since 1999, these awards are 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.

The 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
This award recognises 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 contributions 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, $2000
A non-fiction publication or e-book on Victorian history, which could include a biography or a story of social, urban, institutional, regional or cultural history. Make sure you include a copy of the publication with your entry.

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. Make sure to include a copy of the publication with your entry.

Cultural Diversity Award, $1500
Projects and publications which highlight the cultural diversity of Victoria.

Multimedia History Award, $1500
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. Make sure to include a weblink, DVD, or USB of the project with your entry.

Historical Interpretation Award, $1500
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. Make sure to include photographs and/or other materials that reflect the experience of the project in your entry.

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 be formally reviewed by referees.

Entrants’ work must be completed between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, and an official entry form must accompany each entry and entries must be received by 2pm Friday, 21 July 2017. The Awards ceremony will be held in October 2017.

entries MUST be received by
2pm Friday, 21 July 2017

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