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.

Exhibition highlights tour | Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments

Life Interrupted Gallipoli Moments

Wednesday 2 September, 12.30pm and

11.30am and 2pm on the following days | Canberra

Saturday 5 September

Friday 26 September
Saturday 27 September
Sunday 28 September
Saturday 3 October
Sunday 4 October
Monday 5 October

Find out how the personal diaries and letters on show in Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments connect with the official war service records from the National Archives of Australia to form a rich personal story of those who experienced Gallipoli.

Gallery 2
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings recommended. Book now.

Speakers Corner | Remembrance, commemoration and the BBC: the World War One at Home project

Composite image of WWI nurses and map
Image courtesy of BBC World War One at Home.

Sunday 6 September, 2pm | Canberra

Join us for an engaging discussion about the BBC project, World War One at Home, with Dr Kent Fedorowich, University of the West of England.

The BBC, in partnership with Imperial War Museums and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, embarked on a community research project that revealed how the momentous events of the war affected life in the UK and Ireland. Around 1400 stories have been broadcast on BBC local and national radio and television. They are also available online, each focusing on a local place and the events that happened there.

Experience a little of Dr Fedorowich's investigative experience as previously untold stories are aired from local communities' perspectives.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings recommended. Book now.

Family history resources at the National Archives

Migrants arriving on the Fairsea, Adelaide, 1963. NAA: A12111, 2/1963/4A/50

Thursday 17 September 2015, 1–2pm | Adelaide

The State Library of South Australia hosts a series of free family history related talks on the third Thursday of every month during 2015. In September come and find out more about how to carry out family history research at the National Archives and discover the wealth of resources the collection offers including records relating to immigration, World War l service and repatriation, internment and Commonwealth employment.

This event is part of the State Library of South Australia's lecture series, Genealogy Gems.

Hetzel Lecture Theatre
Institute Building, State Library of South Australia
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

For further details and booking information please visit State Library of SA.

Presented by Nick Gleghorn

Artist-in-residence Forum | Connect with your nature

embroidered townscape
Ruth Hingston, Dividing the Farm, 2012. Embroidery – wool, cotton yarns, various fabrics on worsted wool, 20x27x0.5cm

Thursday 24 September, 9.30am–1pm | Canberra

In 2015, the National Archives is pleased to welcome two artists-in-residence, Ruth Hingston and Jodi Hatcher, as part of the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre's annual residency program. The artists will be completing a period of research at the Archives, and a residency at Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage at the Namadgi National Park.

Join our two artists-in-residence and key Canberra figures in craft, design, environment, heritage and history in a discussion of nature's vital role in our health, wellbeing and development.

Menzies Room
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings recommended. Book now.

Federation Gallery sneak peeks

Australia’s Constitution, 1900.
Australia’s Constitution, 1900.

9am–5pm on the following days | Canberra

Saturday 26 September
Sunday 27 September
Monday 28 September
Saturday 3 October
Saturday 4 October
Saturday 5 October

Catch a glimpse of the Commonwealth of Australia's original founding documents with a Gallery Host who will discuss the significance of these intriguing, beautiful and powerful documents.

Federation Gallery
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, for information: events@naa.gov.au.

Family and Community Day at the National Archives

Family washing and vacuuming an EH Holden on the driveway
A family washing their car in Canberra, 1964. NAA: A1200, L48577

Monday 28 September, 10am–4pm | Canberra

What's more fun than washing the family sedan on a public holiday? It's Family and Community Day at the Archives of course! 

Bring the kids for family fun activities including origami boat making, old fashioned games, a Constitution discovery trail and an Archives selfie! 

Take a tour of our new exhibition Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments, and see our beautiful 1920s building. 

Visit 'Ask a Reference Officer' to ask anything and everything about searching the Archives' collection! 

If you've never seen the Australian Constitution, now is your chance! There will be special viewings in our Federation Gallery throughout the day. 

Drop in to our free hands-on workshops to learn about using and contributing to our Discovering Anzacs website. And more.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, for information: events@naa.gov.au.

National Archives at Floriade's Inspiration Hub

People draped with the Australian Flags

Sunday 27 September, Afternoon and evening | Canberra

Join the National Archives team at the Inspiration Hub at Floriade.

Bring the kids and learn to make origami message boats and snap a selfie to share on our Facebook page.

At Nightfest, catch a performance of Raider's of the Lost Archives – a Shortis and Simpson show inspired by the National Archives' collection.

Inspiration Hub
Floriade
Commonwealth Park
Canberra

Free, for information: events@naa.gov.au.

Walking tours | Magna Carta: stepping stones to democracy

Magna Carta Place, Langton Crescent, Parkes.

10am–12pm on the following days | Canberra

Tuesday 15 September
Sunday 27 September
Sunday 11 October
Tuesday 20 October
Sunday 8 November
Tuesday 17 November

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.

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.

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