Purpose:

  • Highlights what is distinctive about Victoria and increases awareness and appreciation of the State's heritage.
  • Ensures heritage objects, places and events can be understood, assessed and presented within the context of a broad theme, rather than as singular items of interest.
  • Relates to the Australian Historic Themes

To be used by:

  • heritage professionals
  • local government staff
  • teachers
  • managers of museum collections
  • interpreters
  • others interested in Victoria's natural and cultural heritage.

Historical themes are useful in several key areas and activities including:

  • significance assessments of heritage places and objects
  • management of community heritage collections, including conservation
  • interpretation and tourism planning
  • development of heritage area studies.

Victoria's Framework of Historical Themes aims to 'recognise the richness of Victoria's cultural and natural heritage' by providing a tool for developing a wider recognition and appreciation of Victoria's diverse Aboriginal, historical and natural histories and the rich heritage resources these have created.

Framework of Historical Themes Part 1 (PDF, 1.3 MB) - Introduction, Framework, applying the Framework

Framework of Historical Themes Part 2 (PDF, 1.6 MB) - Case studies and appendices

Framework at a glance

This is a handy-size printable liftout of the Framework of Historical Themes. You can use it as a quick reference, and as a hand-out sheet.

At a glance - Framework of Historical Themes (PDF, 271.8 KB)

Educational resources

Together with the History Teachers' Association of Victoria, we have created two resources to help apply the Framework in the classroom.

Teacher's guide

The teacher's guide provides a overview of the relevance of the Framework to history education. It includes curriculum links for each theme, with connections to both the VELS and upcomming Australian Curriculum.

Teacher's guide (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Lesson starters and activities

The Lesson starters provide case studies for each theme, together with suggested activities for the classroom. Each theme has a number of activities for Lower Primary, Upper Primary and Upper Secondary classes.

Lesson starters (PDF, 2.6 MB)