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:

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 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.

Community Diversity Award, $1500
This award recognises the publication or project which best reflects diversity and inclusion and tells the history of cultural diversity in Victoria.

Digital Storytelling Award, $1500
For the best digital presentation of history including, but not limited to, multimedia presentations, mobile or online applications, videos or podcasts.

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.

Oral History Award, $1500
The Oral History Award, presented in collaboration with Oral History Victoria, recognises the best oral history presentation in any format that uses first person interviews with individuals
with unique life experiences and memories. Visit for examples of oral history.

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 (ie. published, exhibited or launched) between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021. The official entry form must accompany each entry, and entries must be received by 5pm Wednesday, 7 July 2021. The Awards ceremony will be held in to coincide with History Month in October 2021.


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