The Victorian Community History Awards are on again, and somehow I missed seeing it announced earlier, and now there’s only a few days left to enter. So if you intend to get an application in and haven’t yet, don’t delay.

Established in 1998, these awards are proudly presented by organised by the Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Held annually, 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.  They aim “to recognise the contributions made by Victorians in the preservation of the state’s fascinating history, published during the previous year.”

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

Victorian Premier’s 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 collaborative community work involving significant contribution from several individuals or groups.

Local History Project Award, $2000
This award recognises the best activity to enhance access to records of significance to local communities, including, but not limited to, digitising, indexing and original research.

History Publication Award, $2000
Recognises the best 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.

Local History Small Publication Award, $1500
Recognises the best small publication or e-book (maximum 200 pages), which features Victorian local, cultural or social history.

Multimedia History Award, $1500
This award recognises the best visual presentation of history using non-print media, including but not limited to multimedia presentations, mobile or online applications and videos.

Cultural Diversity Award, $1500
Recognises the publication or project which best reflects the history of cultural diversity of Victoria.

Oral History Award, $1500
Recognises the best non-print audio presentation that preserves the voices of individuals with unique life experience and memories, including radio documentaries, voice interviews and podcasts.

Historical Interpretation Award, $1500
This award recognises the project which best uses a unique format of historical representation, for instance history related experiences told through physical exhibitions, artistic or musical interpretations, walks or tours.

History Article (Peer Reviewed) Award – $500
Recognises the best article featuring Victorian history (not necessarily entirely focused on Victoria) published in a recognised peer-reviewed journal. Articles must be written in a scholarly style using appropriate conventions of citation and be formally reviewed by referees.

Entrants’ work must be completed (ie. published, exhibited or launched) between between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019.

Entries close 2pm, Friday 19 July 2019. The Awards Ceremony will be held in October 2019 coinciding with Victoria’s History Week. This year, for the first time, a shortlist will be announced approximately one month before the awards ceremony.

2PM FRIDAY, 19 JULY 2019

You can submit your application online here, or 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
mobile: 0400 387 877