The History Council of South Australia (HCSA) is the peak history body in South Australia, promoting history and raising its profile in the state. Incorporated in 2003, HCSA evolved from an informal ‘History Alliance’ initiated by the History Teachers Association of SA in the mid-1990s.
Organisation members include the main bodies concerned with history in this state and many regional historical societies; there is also provision for individual membership. As the HCSA does not receive any support from government at any level, it relies very heavily on the annual membership fees received from its individual and organisation members to support its activities.
There are many ways in which the HCSA promotes history in South Australia. It provides annual awards for practitioners of history, that is, people who write history, curate and stage exhibitions, or make contributions to history in the print, electronic or social media.
It stages annual lectures in Adelaide and rural South Australia to enhance a culture of historical awareness in the state. It informs its members and the wider community of events relating to the practice of historical writing, exhibition and research.