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We have slightly more than 1000 members – 350 of which are other historical societies across Victoria which forward our newsletters to their members so our total reach is about 15,000 history buffs across Victoria. The community history movement in Victoria is very strong and well organised.
We have 3 regular publications
- The Victorian Historical Journal (VHJ) which is a peer-reviewed substantial journal of articles, papers and long book reviews which comes out twice a year for our 1000+ members. It is also digitally available through the State Library of Victoria website, Informit (University Libraries) and Web of Science (educational libraries). It also has a small subscription list of libraries across Australia and around the world.
- History News is our 16p newsletter which is delivered both electronically and in hard copy to our 1000+ members. This is published 6 times per year. History News carries short book reviews and information about new titles in our History Victoria Bookshop.
- Old News is our eBulletin which is a more informal document that goes out to our members and other interested parties every two weeks. This does not carry book reviews nor info on new books but it is a ‘What’s On’. We will do book giveaways for new publications.
All books on Victorian history (fully or partially on Victorian history) sent to us are reviewed in History News. Some are then chosen by the journal editors for longer reviews in the VHJ.
As well as the above we use social media. We have a strong presence on Facebook and are in the process of reviving Instagram and Twitter which had fallen into disuse. Facebook especially is used to promote our events and services.
Our History Victoria Bookshop has both a physical presence and an on-line presence through our website and is a useful outlet. We only sell books on consignment. There is a consignment agreement and information available for download from this page.
We often hold book launches at the RHSV. These can be private launches or can be opened up to our membership in which case they get publicised through our History News and Old News.
Each year we run the Victorian Community History Awards – the eligibility period runs from 1 Jul to the following 30 Jun. The awards ceremony is held at the Victorian Arts Centre during History Week in October and the peak award is the Premier’s History Award. There is more information on these awards on our website at the dedicated Victorian Community History Awards page.
And finally, we have our own large collection of Victorian history (a library but also an images collection, maps, manuscripts, ephemera etc) and would appreciate the donation of any books which touch on Victorian history to add to and strengthen our collection.
And don’t forget, when you start researching your next book, that our Collection of Victorian history is the strongest outside Government bodies.