Victorian Community History Awards: 2020


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 5pm Wednesday 8 July 2020.

The Awards Ceremony will be held in October 2020 coinciding with History Month. A shortlist will be announced approximately one month before the awards ceremony.

For history projects which come to fruition after 30 June 2020 you will be able to enter your project in the 2021 awards which will be open in April 2021.

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Image: Buffalo models at Porepunkah, 1946.

Public Record Office Victoria. VPRS 12800/P9, Item 006/120

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 (RHSV) are ineligible.

The official entry form must accompany each entry.

Hardcopy book entries must include three copies of the finished publication (not drafts or proofs). If submitting your  hardcopy book entry via the online portal, your application will not be valid until your copies have been physically received by the RHSV.

Non-print entries must be provided in an accessible format ie. a DVD or USB if delivered, 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 2019 and 30 June 2020.

Entries must be received by 5pm Wednesday 8 July 2020. Late entries won’t be accepted.

Entries will not be returned to the applicant.

If you believe there may be a perceived conflict of interest associated with your project entry, please attach further information for the judges to examine eligibility. 

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.

Victorian Community
History Awards 2020

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 excellence, originality, scholarship, popular appeal and local community involvement as judged by the Victorian Community History Awards panels 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 Community Diversity Award $1500

Recognises the publication or project which best reflects diversity and inclusion and tells the history of cultural diversity in Victoria.

The Digital Storytelling Award $1500

Recognises the best digital presentation of history including, but not limited to, multimedia presentations, mobile or online applications,  videos and podcasts.

The Oral History Award $1500

Recognises the best oral history presentation in any format that uses first person interviews with individuals with unique life experiences and memories. Presented in collaboration with Oral History Victoriaa. Visit for examples of oral history.

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 Award $500

Recognises the best article featuring Victorian history (not necessarily entirely focused on Victoria) published in a journal. Articles must be written in a scholarly style using appropriate conventions of citation.

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 original research.