Events and exhibitions

The National Archives runs events all over the country and online.

Join us for talks, workshops and exhibitions that showcase our remarkable collection.

You can also visit the permanent galleries at our national office in Canberra. 

Connections gallery

Exhibition

Connections / Mura gadi

Canberra

The Connections exhibition reflects surprising and important connections between Australians and their government.

Voices Gallery National Archives of Australia.

Exhibition

Voices / Dhuniai

Canberra

Visit the Voices exhibition to take a journey through the history of the Australian Constitution and the rights and freedoms it guarantees.

A portrait of Kojiro Mise from his Application for certificate of exemption from dictation test.

Exhibition

Lasting impressions

07 Feb 2022 - 31 Oct 2022

Perth

An exhibition revealing the stories of individuals and families who lived through the White Australia Policy in the early 20th century.

An engineering drawing detail of a machine for mincing prickly pear cactus into fodder.

Exhibition

Patents, trademarks and designs

15 Feb 2022 - 15 Feb 2023

Brisbane

A small exhibition of the history of Australian patent submissions, trademarks and designs at the Queensland State Office, Brisbane.

Black and white photograph of Lydia Janovska sitting in a chair

Touring Exhibition

Spy: Espionage in Australia

11 Jun 2022 - 30 Oct 2022

Toowoomba

Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia.

Man in yellow leaning against orange grader wedged in ice crevice.

Exhibition

Chilled

08 Jul 2022 - 29 Oct 2022

Hobart

Antarctica, it’s no place for a flat tyre, and the grocery run is a nightmare! Yet companionship, games, festivities, recipes and homebrew find their way there.

Three women standing on a sandstone cliff above the ocean dressed in futuristic fashion.

Touring Exhibition

Out of this world

30 Jul 2022 - 09 Oct 2022

Bundaberg

See how the space age captured the imagination of a nation and its people, from mid-century fashion to early satellites and rocket playgrounds.

Two women stepping off a footpath holding hands

Event

Black Diasporas

29 Aug 2022 - 31 Oct 2022

Melbourne

Black Diasporas display featuring short films about people of African heritage living in Naarm Melbourne.

A huskie sitting outside a hut.

Event

Curator floor talk – Chilled

15 Sep 2022 - 13 Oct 2022

Hobart

Join National Archives curators for a more in depth look at our exhibition 'Chilled: Antarctic life, inside and out.'

'Bioregional Rings' by Kyoko Hashimoto and Guy Keulemans.

Guided Tour

Guided tours: Waterhouse

16 Sep 2022 - 13 Nov 2022

Canberra

Join an Archives team member to delve into the stunning artworks on display this year for the 'Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize'.

Artwork by Carole Bann - Billions

Event

Art at the Archives

16 Sep 2022 - 13 Nov 2022

Canberra

An art workshop and tour of the Waterhouse exhibition.

Drawing of Banksia seritafolia

Exhibition

Waterhouse

16 Sep 2022 - 13 Nov 2022

Canberra

Experience the collision of science and art in profound works that highlight major issues facing the planet. Opening 16 September.

Detail of 'Tree of Life, unsuccessful species' by Martin King.

Event

Members tour: Waterhouse

12 Oct 2022

Canberra

Come and enjoy an exclusive members tour of our spring exhibition: 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.

Portrait photo of Eki Nishioka

Event

Pioneers and pearlers

13 Oct 2022

Online

An online seminar presented by the National Archives Western Australia Office. Stories of Japanese men and women who migrated to the northern towns of Western Australia from the late nineteenth century. 

Architectural plans of Collingwood post office.

Event

Off the drawing board

17 Oct 2022

Online

Did you know that National Archives’ Victoria office holds over 5,000 architectural drawings of public buildings across Victoria?

Model in a cocktail dress.

Event

Colonial to couture

18 Oct 2022 - 21 Oct 2022

Brisbane

Come and explore Australia’s fashionable past through a celebration of style and creativity.

Detail of 'Notes on Chenopodium erosum + Spyridium fontis-woodii' by Louise Flaherty Laura Wills.

Workshop

Watercolour and wine

21 Oct 2022

Canberra

Enjoy an evening of wine, canapes and art at the National Archives!

Composite image

Event

Honouring stories of struggle

21 Oct 2022

Canberra

A Documenting Australian Society Symposium. Honouring stories of struggle: reassessing Australian records of disadvantage.

Plans for a patent by James Hazel Adamson.

Event

Velocipedes, toilets and harvesters

25 Oct 2022

Adelaide

Hear about 19th century South Australian patent applications and the stories they tell.

Detail of 'Knowledge Sprouts' by Kate Shierlaw.

Event

Blind and vision impaired tour

28 Oct 2022

Canberra

Join us for a unique, multi-sensory experience of the upcoming 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize exhibition.

Image by John Gollings 2017

Guided Tour

Preservation Facility members tour

28 Oct 2022

Canberra

A behind the scenes tour of our purpose-built preservation facility.

Giant squid attacking a submarine from the '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' poster

Event

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

29 Oct 2022

Canberra

National Archives is offering a special screening of the 1954 cult classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!

Family dining by the motel pool.

Exhibition

Reception this way

04 Nov 2022 - 04 Feb 2023

Launceston

Travel around Australia revisiting your memories of the classic Aussie motel.

'Oxytocin' by Yvette Tziallas

Event

Auslan guided tour

05 Nov 2022

Canberra

Join an archives team member and Auslan interpreter to delve into the artworks on display in the 2022 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.

A Dutch woman and her son walking on a beach sand.

Event

Dutch–Australian shared histories

07 Nov 2022

Online

A webinar introducing the broad range of Dutch-Australian records in the National Archives collection. Advice will be provided on how to access them online.

National Archives preservation facility external corner detail of precast concrete panels

Guided Tour

Design Canberra: Behind the scenes

11 Nov 2022 - 18 Nov 2022

Canberra

A Design Canberra Festival special access tour of the National Archives Preservation Facility in Mitchell Canberra.

2 dogs on a deserted road beside 2 parked cars, and a pub verandah. Timber building with verandah and timber power poles in the background.

Event

Boom to bust

17 Nov 2022

Perth

A seminar about the history of ghost towns in Western Australia.

A boat approaching Torrens Island Quarantine Station.

Event

Ships ahoy

22 Nov 2022

Adelaide

Ships ahoy! Get expert advice on how to access and search maritime records documenting the registration of ships and crew in South Australia.

People leaning from rail carriage windows. Bridge and ship in the background.

Event

From the Baltic to the Pacific

23 Nov 2022

Melbourne

Presented in collaboration with the Immigration Museum. The 75th anniversary of the arrival of the first post WW2 displaced persons in Melbourne.