The Victorian Community History Awards are proudly presented by Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
The Awards recognise excellence and originality in historical storytelling. The range of award categories reflects the variety of formats that can be used to enrich the lives of Victorians through history.
Please read the conditions of entry carefully before entering.
Entries close 2pm Friday 19 July 2019.
The Awards Ceremony will be held in October 2019 coinciding with History Week. This year, for the first time, a shortlist will be announced approximately one month before the awards ceremony.
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Conditions of Entry
Only Australian organisations and/or residents are eligible to enter. Subject matter is limited to non-fiction works where history is primarily related to the State of Victoria or projects that encourage greater access to Victorian collections.
State Government Departments as defined in the Victorian Government Directory, current Councillors and paid staff of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria are ineligible.
The official entry form must accompany each entry.
Hardcopy book entries must include a copy of the finished publication (not drafts or proofs). If submitting your entry online your application will not be valid until your book has been received by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria by post.
Non-print entries must be provided in an accessible format ie. a DVD or USB if submitted by post, or a URL link if submitted online.
Judges will not be able to attend physical activities in person, so entries for exhibitions or tours should be accompanied by supporting material such as programs, maps or photographs.
Entries must be original and the property of the entrant. Any publisher submitting on behalf of an author must have the consent of the author.
Entrants’ work must have been completed (ie. published, exhibited or launched) between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019.
Entries must be received by 2pm Friday 19 July 2019. Late entries won’t be accepted.
Entries will not be returned to the applicant.
The judges may move entries to a category other than the one entered at their discretion, when they determine a work better fits another category. Judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria reserve the right to exhibit or publish, in whole or in part, any submissions to promote the Awards.
History Awards 2019
Victorian Premier’s History Award $5000
This award recognises the most outstanding community history project submitted in any category.
Nominate for one of the following categories
Winning projects across all categories will ideally display originality, scholarship, popular appeal and local community involvement as judged by the Victorian Community History Awards panel of judges.
The Collaborative Community History Award $2000
Recognises the best collaborative community work involving significant contribution from several individuals or groups.
The History Publication Award $2000
Recognises the best non-fiction publication or e-book on Victorian history which could include a biography or story of social, urban, institutional, regional or cultural history.
The 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.
The Cultural Diversity Award $1500
Recognises the publication or project which best reflects the history of cultural diversity in Victoria.
The Multimedia History Award $1500
Recognises the best visual presentation of history using non-print media, including but not limited to multimedia presentations, mobile or online applications and videos.
The Oral History Award $1500
Recognises the best non-print audio presentation that preserves the voices of individuals with unique life experiences and memories, including radio documentaries, voice interviews and podcasts.
The Historical Interpretation Award $1500
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.
The 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.
The Local History Project Award $2,000
Recognises the best activity to enhance access and awareness of records of significance to local communities, including but not limited to digitising, indexing, and / or cataloguing of resources and original research.