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.

Events at the National Archives of Australia may be photographed and recorded. Please inform the photographer if you do not want your photograph taken.

Iconic Australian Houses – Gallery Tours

The Lobster Bay House, architect Ian McKay. Photograph © Michael Wee
The Lobster Bay House, architect Ian McKay. Photograph © Michael Wee

29 November – 15 December 2016 and 2 February – 2 March 2017, Tuesdays 11am and Thursdays 1pm | Canberra

Join our Gallery Hosts for a tour of Iconic Australian Houses.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Free, bookings essential

Tuesday Night Exhibitions

Tuesday Night Exhibitions

Tuesday nights to 7pm* | Canberra

During summer the Archives exhibitions are open every Tuesday evening. See Iconic Australian Houses and Memory of a Nation.

*excluding 27 December 2016 and 3 January 2017

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Free, bookings not required

Iconic Australian Houses – an evening with curator Karen McCartney

Iconic Australian Houses curator Karen McCartney
Portrait by Hugh Stewart

Thursday 8 December, 5.30–7pm | Canberra

Take a visual tour of 60 years of Australian residential architecture. Join curator and author Karen McCartney as she shares her personal experiences and industry anecdotes. Includes light refreshments.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

$10 per person, bookings essential

School Holiday Family Corner

Young visitors enjoying a game of snakes and ladders

Monday 19 December – Wednesday 25 January | Canberra

Enjoy puzzles, play a board game and read a book from our selection of Australian stories. Suitable for ages 8–12 years.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Free, bookings not required

State Directors morning tea

Girl having tea party with pet rabbit, Sydney.
Girl having tea party with pet rabbit, Sydney. (A1200, L17285)

Wednesday 21 December, 10am | Brisbane

Meet your State Director. Hear about the Archives achievements and future plans over morning tea.

National Archives of Australia
16 Corporate Drive
Cannon Hill QLD

Free, bookings essential

Federation Gallery

Royal Assent of Queen Victoria to Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act of 1900
Royal Assent of Queen Victoria to Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act of 1900 (NAA: A5137, 729265)

Exclusive viewings | Canberra

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.

Christmas and New Year 2016–17
Monday 26 December 2016 – Monday 2 January 2017 | 9am–5pm

Federation Gallery
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings not required

Explore and Cook Archival Recipes with Kids Pantry

Explore and Cook Archival Recipes with Kids Pantry.
Explore and Cook Archival Recipes with Kids Pantry. (A1200, L45095)

Monday 16 January, 10am–12pm | Canberra

Kids Pantry is Canberra's only cooking school and kitchen garden that's just for kids. Designed for children aged between 8–12 years, it offers an introduction to gardening, cooking and healthy eating in a fun and supportive environment.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

$20 per person, bookings essential

Metka Design Studio

Calligraphy with Metka Design Studio

Tuesday 17 January, 10am–12pm | Canberra

Join Metka Design Studio in art of calligraphy. Learn how to hold a pen/nib, write different strokes and use these strokes to build a letter and write your name. Make and decorate a card with a calligraphic ornamental border. Participants should bring an A4 blank notebook (no lines). All the rest will be provided. Bring an old T-shirt, just in case. Suitable for ages 8–12 years.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

$20 per person, bookings essential

Make a Gingerbread House

Make a Gingerbread House

Wednesday 18 January, 10am–12pm | Canberra

Join us for a short tour of Iconic Houses, be inspired to make your own iconic gingerbread house. All materials provided. Suitable for ages 8–12 years.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

$20 per person, bookings essential

Drawing Bold Buildings with Sarah Summers

East Block. Artist: Sarah Summers
East Block. Artist: Sarah Summers

Thursday 19 January, 10am–12pm | Canberra

Join local artist Sarah Summers in a drawing workshop on the theme of buildings, for children aged 8–12 years. Inspired by the Iconic Houses exhibition, students will learn how to draw a lighthouse, and then move outside to draw the beautiful National Archives building using a variety of mediums.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

$20 per person, bookings essential

Introduction to Circus Skills

Introduction to Circus Skills with Warehouse Circus.

Friday 20 January, 10am–12pm | Canberra

Warehouse Circus workshops are full of exciting and fun circus activities for all ages and skill levels. This will be a 2 hour workshop and we will teach a range of handheld circus activities ('manipulations') including juggling, diabolo, trick sticks, hula hoop, poi, plate spinning and more! As well as performance games, team activities and more! Our trainers are there to supervise activities, give instructions on how to get circus-ing, and to keep all participants safe and having fun.

It's a structured workshop, so get there early, stay for the whole 2 hours and have a blast until it's time to leave with some sweet new tricks under your belt. Suitable for ages 8–12 years.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

$20 per person, bookings essential

The UFO Files: Flying Saucers at the National Archives

Tuesday 31 January, 10.30–11.45am | Adelaide

What happens when Commonwealth Government policy meets UFOs? Sightings, investigations and strange phenomena are uncovered by the Adelaide State Director.

Marion Cultural Centre
Sturt Room
287 Diagonal Road
Oaklands Park SA 5046

Free, bookings essential

Story time at the Archives

Children at a pre-school centre in Canberra.
Children at a pre-school centre in Canberra. (A1200, L58806)

Every Wednesday from 1 February 2017, 9.30–10.15am | Canberra

A different story every day. Best suited to pre-schoolers, but children under 5 welcome.

Café open from 8am–4pm.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Free, bookings not required

History of the Northern Territory

Northern Territory - Road between Hermannsburg Mission and Palm Valley.
Northern Territory - Road between Hermannsburg Mission and Palm Valley. (A6135, K2/11/89/35)

Wednesday 15 February and Friday 17 February, 10am | Brisbane

Join David Swift as he delves into the collection revealing the Northern Territory's interesting and unique history.

National Archives of Australia
16 Corporate Drive
Cannon Hill QLD

Free, bookings essential

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