Upcoming events

The National Archives has a program of events in Canberra and around the country, including public talks, research workshops and conferences. Browse papers and podcasts from past events.

Please note: This page includes images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased.

Without Consent events

Without Consent − moving experiences of heartbreak and resilience, shared by people impacted by Australia's past adoption practices.

This project has been assisted by the Department of Social Services.

Visitors are invited to participate in our public programs events between Sunday 24 May and Saturday 18 July 2015.

Walking tours | Magna Carta: stepping stones to democracy

Magna Carta Place, Langton Crescent, Parkes.

800 years ago, King John signed the Magna Carta, the 'Great Charter', at Runnymede. Take a volunteer guided walk to discover the story of this document, celebrated as the first step towards modern democracy. This will include a rare viewing of the Charters of Our Nation at the National Archives, stops at democratic landmarks along the way and conclude with a viewing of the 1297 copy of the Charter in Parliament House.


Sunday 14 June

Tuesday 23 June
Sunday 5 July
Tuesday 7 July
Sunday 12 July
Tuesday 15 September
Sunday 27 September

Tours commence at Magna Carta Place in Parkes.
Please meet your tour guide and other members of the group at this location.

Free, bookings essential, places limited. Book now

Information Sessions | Find Yourself in the Archives

Government House and North Adelaide, 1935.
Government House and North Adelaide, 1935.
Photographer: Frank Hurley. SRSA: GRG35/342/GN5612
Records relating to Immigration, Defence, Education, Crime and more are all held in the collections of the National Archives and State Records. Discover what these collections offer to family and local historians and the services offered by each organisation on North Terrace. Original records will be on display, a demonstration of how to search online and a chance to ask questions about your own research.

These sessions will be held on the last Wednesday of each month during 2015.

This event is a joint presentation from the National Archives of Australia and State Records of South Australia


Wednesday 27 May - BOOKED OUT
Friday 29 May
Wednesday 24 June
Wednesday 29 July
Wednesday 26 August

Bray Room 1, State Library of South Australia
Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue
Adelaide SA 5000

Free, bookings essential: adelaideevents@naa.gov.au or phone (08) 8204 8787

Presented by: Nick Gleghorn and Travis Gottschutzke

Reconciliation Week tours | Memory of a Nation

Larrakia petition to the Queen, 1972. On display in the Memory of a Nation exhibition. NAA: A2354, 1973/86

During Reconciliation Week, take a tour and come face to face with the Indigenous records in our permanent exhibition, Memory of a Nation. Hear the story of the Larrakia petition, see a copy of the 1967 Referendum and read letters protesting against the arrest of Albert Namatjira.

12.30pm on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May
11am and 2pm on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May
12.30pm on Monday 1, Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 June

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential, places limited. Book now.

Seminar | Relics: introduction to preserving personal documents and photographs

An Archives' conservator will present an overview of strategies one may use to preserve family memorabilia. A Q&A session will follow.

Sunday 14 June, 2pm

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential. Further details and booking links can be found on the National Archives' Eventbrite page.

Speakers Corner | Representing who? Capturing trauma in art

Image: Alex Seton at work. Photographer: Mark Pokorny
Alex Seton at work. Photographer: Mark Pokorny

Art practice captures the essence of being somewhere, being someone or something. Or does it? Sculptor Alex Seton explores the subject of trauma and its impact on the artist. He will discuss the responsibility of the artist to their personal practice, to the subject of the artwork and their audience. He will take us through the artist's journey as practitioner and as individual, in his words: 'a continuous act of dedication, perspective, process and practice'.

Saturday 27 June, 3pm

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential, places limited: Bookings via Eventbrite.

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