We believe in the Value of History!

Studying our past and telling our stories is critical to our sense of belonging, to our communities and to our shared future.

History shapes our identities, engages us as citizens, creates inclusive communities, is part of our economic well-being, teaches us to think critically and creatively, inspires leaders and is the foundation of our future generations.

The History Councils of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia have jointly adopted a statement about the Value of History.
> Click HERE to download the statement as a PDF. > Click HERE to access a poster design for the same statement - great for noticeboards and classrooms!

The four History Councils in Australia are independent membership associations. Each is the peak or coordinating body for history in its respective state. We work co-operatively to:

  • Campaign for the recognition of history

  • Share ideas about what makes the past relevant today

Click HERE to read our joint announcement about the Value of History statement at the annual meeting of the Australian Historical Association on 11 July 2019. We call on individuals and organisations to endorse, share, and use this statement about the value of history in contemporary life. The ideas expressed in the statement can be incorporated into projects, funding applications, training materials, mission statements, websites, marketing materials, submissions and other organisational outlets.

We encourage all Australians to endorse the value of history. You can respond as an individual, or on behalf of an organisation.

Click HERE to endorse the statement via the History Council of Western Australia!

Endorsements can also be made via the other History Councils:  New South Wales   South Australia   Victoria

Our Australian 'Value of History' statement is adapted with permission from History Relevance, a campaign that started in the USA in 2012.