Victorian Community History Awards

VCHA Entry Form 2014

VCHA Entry Form 2014 cover

The Victorian Community History Awards recognise excellence in historical method: the award categories acknowledge that history can be told in a variety of formats with the aim of reaching and enriching all Victorians.

The Victorian Community History Awards have been held since 1999, and 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.

Entries close 5pm Friday 1 August 2014.

Victorian Community History Awards 2014 Entry Form (PDF, 770 KB).

Victorian Community History Awards 2013

VCHA 2013 Winners booklet cover

VCHA 2013 booklet (PDF, 1.8 MB)

The Victorian Community History Awards Ceremony for 2013 was held at the Deakin Edge Federation Square on 21 October. The winners for all prize categories are listed below. All entries for the VCHA can be found in the RHSV Library. You can download the VCHA 2013 Entries List (PDF, 2.6 MB) and the VCHA 2013 Winners Booklet (with all winners and commendations)(PDF, 1.8 MB).

Selected books from VCHA 2013 are available for purchase from the RHSV Bookshop by downloading the Victorian Community History Awards 2013 entrants books for sale (PDF, 247 KB). If entrants would like to sell their books at the RHSV bookshop please email office@historyvictoria.org.au.

Victorian Community History Awards 2013 Winners

Victorian Community History Award

This award recognises the most outstanding community history project submitted in any category.

Robin A Vowels for Victoria’s Iron Lacework The Founders, Part A, The Author, Parkville, 2012.

A Whirr of Many Wheels Cycling in Geelong coverJudges’ Special Prize Rod Charlesfor A Whirr of Many Wheels Cycling in Geelong A chronicle from 1869 to 1980 Volume 1: 1869 to 1914, Charles & Co, Manifold Heights, 2013.
History Publication Award For a non-fiction publication or e-publication on Victorian history which could include a biography or a story of social, urban, institutional, regional or cultural history. Olwen Ford  for Harvester City The making of multicultural Sunshine 1939–1975, Sunshine and District Historical Society Inc, Sunshine, 2012.
Local History – Small Publication Award For the best small publication which could include a published booklet, journal, zine or newsletter article which features Victorian local, cultural or social history.Coleen Bower for Water Races and Tin Mines of the Toora District A Short History of the Tin Mines at Granite Bar and Toora, The Author, Blackburn 2013.
Local History Project Award 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 digitising, indexing, cataloguing, resources and original research. Kevin O’Reilly for Flyers of Time Pioneer Aviation in Country Victoria, The First Fifty Years A Collection, The Author, Dingley Village, 2012.
Collaborative Community History Award This award recognises the best community collaborative work which involves significant contribution from several individuals, groups or historical societies. Maree Hanlon and Pam Herbert (editors) for Through Their Eyes A Glimpse into the Lives of Women from Benalla & District, The Editors, Benalla, 2013.
Multimedia History Award For the best presentation of history which uses non-print media. This project can include multimedia exhibitions, radio, CD/DVD, phone apps, websites, digital video/podcasts or online applications. Valerie Wilson for A Guide to Pioneer Graves in the Mornington Cemetery, Website: www.morningtoncemetery.com.
Historical Interpretation Award This award recognises unique formats of historical representation. Applicants are encouraged to submit history-related experiences told through physical exhibitions, artistic interpretation, history walks and tours. Chewton Domain Society for The Monster Meeting, The Great Meeting of Diggers 4 pm, 15 December 1851, Chewton Domain Society, Chewton, 2012.

Categories for Victorian Community History Awards

Victoria’s Community History Award – $5000
Awarded to the most outstanding community history project submitted in any category.

History Publication Award – $2000
For a non-fiction publication or e-publication on Victorian history. This could include a biography or a story of social, urban, institutional, regional or cultural history. The award will be judged on original research, literary style and the publications appeal to a general and academic audience. The publication must be published in the year of the awards.

Local History – Small Publication Award – $1500
For the best small publication which could include, but not limited to, a published booklet, journal, zine or newsletter article 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.

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, cataloguing, resources and original research.

Young Historians Award (Students from years 3 – 12) $500
This award encourages secondary school aged students to engage with local history, increase historical understanding and discover more about Victoria’s history. Students may explore local community and identities, significant events and heritage topics. Nominations must utilise archival or original records, which include holdings in museum collections, online primary sources, oral history and newspapers. The project can be presented in  typescript or multimedia format.

Nominations must include a bibliography including the source of the historical record (e.g. Historical Societies, museums or archives) as well as citing the records and other sources used.

Collaborative Community History Award – $2000
This award recognises the best community collaborative work which involves significant contribution from several individuals, groups or historical societies.

Multimedia History Award – $2000
For the best presentation of history which uses non-print media. This project can include, but is not limited to, multimedia exhibitions, radio, CD/DVD, phone apps, 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.

Judges Special Prize for Excellence

For further information contact the Royal Historical Society of Victoria office@historyvictoria.org.au.