Welcome to the Survey of Australian Historical Societies

Thank you for participating in our survey.

The Federation of Australian Historical Societies represents approximately 1000 community history and heritage societies and museums and their 100,000 members across Australia. These volunteers do hugely valuable work to collect, preserve, publish and promote our history and heritage.

The preservation, dissemination and promotion of local historical knowledge presents significant challenges in the digital era, and the survey will assist in identifying services required to support societies in this endeavour.

The information provided will assist the FAHS and State umbrella bodies in their work of promoting society needs and interests, and of seeking recognition and support from government and the community.

This first stage aims to provide an overview of membership numbers, premises, the contribution of volunteers, local and state government support, collections, the use of computers, and society activities.

This will be followed by two more surveys in 2016 which will focus on collection management including digitisation and accessibility, and on governance matters such as succession planning, financial management and strategic planning.

The results of the survey will be available on our website www.history.org.au.

There are 35 questions in the survey, most of which are in a “check box” format. We estimate that someone with a good knowledge of the operations of your society (such as an office-bearer) could complete it in 15-20 minutes.

THE FAHS REQUESTS THAT YOUR SOCIETY APPOINT A PERSON TO FILL OUT THIS SURVEY.

Our Online Outreach Officer, Dr. Bernadette Flynn fahsbflynn@gmail.com
and our Executive Officer, John Davies admin@history.org.au
are available to assist with the survey.

WE NEED YOUR HELP SO WE CAN HELP YOU.

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