History Victoria Support Group

The History Victoria Support Group (HVSG) is a committee of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV). The HVSG aims to;

  • further the understanding of history, especially community history, across Victoria,
  • support and promote the role and activities of the RHSV affiliated societies, and
  • maintain strong contacts between local societies, RHSV and the wider community.

The HVSG provides practical information to help members of historical societies manage and promote their collections and activities, and encourages active networking between members of historical societies throughout the state. The HVSG also provides advice on the establishment and running of historical societies, and issues such as incorporation, insurance, privacy and copyright.

The HVSG holds seminar days four times a year. Keep an eye on this page and our What’s On page for details of the next seminar. A variety of workshops are also offered, including:

  • increasing membership of societies,
  • preparing grant applications,
  • publicising your society – newsletters, brochures, booklets, calendars,
  • collection management,
  • computer cataloguing,
  • indexing,
  • storage of collection materials,
  • display techniques,
  • copyright,
  • insurance and incorporation,
  • local history research on the Internet, and
  • website design and maintenance.

Resources and presentations from some past HVSG seminars

If you have any queries relating to the HVSG, please contact us.

Please join us for our next HVSG Seminar to be held on Saturday 19 August 2017 at

Gold Museum, Bradshaw Street,

Download a copy of the programme

9.15 – 9.45 Morning tea and registration
9.45 – 10.00 Welcome and updates from the RHSV

10.00 – 10.45: Dr Fred Cahir, Associate Professor in Aboriginal studies at Federation University (Ballarat)
Many a lost white man, woman and child, owed their lives to the charity of Aboriginal people’: rethinking our shared history in a positive light.

10.50 – 10.45: Matthew Phelan – Manager, Barwon Grampians Heritage
Programs, Aboriginal Victoria
Aboriginal cultural heritage and historical societies

11.40 – 12.20: Felicity Watson – Advocacy Manager, National Trust Australia (Victoria)
Heritage: Citizen advocacy

12.30 – 1. 15 LUNCH

12.25 – 1.05: Angela Henricksen – Principal, Archival Survival
Storage formats and environments

1.15 – 1.55 Christine Worthington, RHSV Collections Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteers: ‘You can’t do it all yourself’

2.35 – 3.00: TROVE

3.00 – 3.30: Michelle Smith – Senior Curator and Manager Gold Museum
The exhibition Doctor Blake’s Ballarat

To book: office@historyvictoria.org.au