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.

10am–12pm on the following days | Canberra

Tuesday 7 July

Sunday 12 July
Tuesday 15 September
Sunday 27 September

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

Special events | Constitution Day Celebrations 2015

Constitution Day 2015

Various dates in July | Canberra

Celebrate the Constitution with a series of special events! 

Special viewings of the Constitution

Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 July
Get up close and personal with the original Constitution and the royal assent signed by Queen Victoria. 

No bookings required, just drop in. 

Constitution Day family discovery trail

All day event

Thursday 9 July
Join us for this fun family day event. Take a journey through our galleries, complete the trail, find Queen Victoria's signature and get a free Constitution cupcake!

Constitution Day Speakers Forum at Parliament House

Thursday 9 July, 6 for 6.30pm 
Magna Carta − is it relevant to 21st century Australian democracy? 

Bookings essential by Tuesday 7 July 

Cabaret Show! A Strong Constitution with Shortis and Simpson

Friday 10 July, 6.30 and 8.30pm
Saturday 11 July, 2.30 and 4.30pm

Cost: $15.00 ($12.00 concession) per person, bookings essential 
Book now  naa.eventbrite.com.au

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT


Conversation with Professor Charles Jeurgens

Professor Charles Jeurgens
Professor Charles Jeurgens

Wednesday 8 July, 9am | Canberra

Join the National Archives for a conversation with Charles Jeurgens, Professor of Archival Studies, Leiden University and advisor to the National Archief at The Hague.

Professor Jeurgens will discuss:

  • the Dutch East India Company and colonial archives
  • challenges for the Dutch National Archives.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential. Book now.

NAIDOC Week tours | We all stand on sacred ground: learn, respect and celebrate

illustration
'We all stand on Sacred Ground' (detail), Elaine Chambers, 2015.

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July, 11am and 1.30pm | Canberra

On the last weekend in NAIDOC Week, take a tour and come face to face with surprising and unexpected Indigenous records in our permanent exhibition, Memory of a Nation. This includes the chance to see a copy of the 1972 Larrakia Petition up close.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential. Book now

Celebrating NAIDOC Week; We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate, 5-12 July 2015

Building tours | Open House Melbourne at Victorian Archives Centre

Open House Melbourne logo

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July, 10am–4pm | Melbourne

The National Archives of Australia and Public Record Office Victoria will open their doors at the Victorian Archives Centre as part of Open House Melbourne.

Open House Melbourne showcases significant Melbourne buildings, illustrating the city’s rich history and reflecting how Melbournians live and work.

Tours of the building will operate over the weekend. Bookings are essential and will open on 8 July. Please visit the Open House Melbourne website for bookings.

Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street
North Melbourne VIC

Free, bookings essential

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

10.30–11.30am on the following days | Adelaide

Wednesday 29 July
Wednesday 26 August

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

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

Curator floor talks | Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments

Life Interrupted Gallipoli Moments

Saturday 1 August, 2pm and 3.30pm | Canberra

Join the curators of Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments for an exclusive insight into the exhibition.

Elise Edmonds, State Library of NSW and Anne-Marie Conde, National Archives will highlight the connections between two distinctive collections: diaries purchased between 1918 and 1925 by the State Library of NSW, and personal service records created by the Commonwealth as the official record of individual service in World War I.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential, places limited. Book now.

Speakers Corner | Kismet: the story of Gallipoli prisoners of war

Cover of 'Kismet: the story of the Gallipoli POWs' by Dr Jennifer Lawless

Sunday 9 August, 2pm | Canberra

The research for Dr Jennifer Lawless' book Kismet: the story of the Gallipoli POWs took 10 years and included a trek of 8000 kilometres across Turkey to locate the various camps where 67 identified Australian soldiers were held.

Hear their stories of capture and experience at camps across Turkey as Dr Lawless shares information and insights gleaned from Australian, British and Turkish archives.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential, Book now.

National Family History Month event | Family History Feast

Group portrait of soldier with family, 1915-18. Courtesy State Library of Victoria.

Monday 10 August, 10am–4pm | Melbourne

Calling family historians in Victoria! Join the National Archives of Australia, Public Record Office Victoria and others for the 12th annual Family History Feast at the State Library of Victoria.

'Feast' on a whole day of free family history talks, with topics ranging from Australian women in the war to soldier settlement in Victoria. Discover how Victorian government agencies can help family historians, and attend the annual Don Grant Memorial Lecture, organised by the Victorian Association of Family History Organisations.

This year’s Feast has a special focus on World War I.

Family History Feast is hosted by the State Library of Victoria with collaborating partners:
National Archives of Australia (Melbourne Office), Public Record Office Victoria, Immigration Discovery Centre of Museum Victoria, State Trustees, Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and Victorian Association of Family History Organisations.

State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston St
Melbourne
Meet at Entry 3, La Trobe Street

Bookings essential and will open on 22 June.

Please visit the State Library of Victoria's website for bookings closer to the time.

Seminar | Telly for a nation: a history of TV in Oz

ABC tv camera filming newsreader seated at news desk
Filming the ABC news, 1968. NAA: B941, Radio and television/studios/3

Wednesday 19 August, 10am and Friday 21 August, 2pm | Brisbane

In 1950 the Menzies government announced a gradual introduction of television in Australia, with plans to launch the ABC Television station.

Did you know our forays into the brave new world of TV started much earlier, with ventures in experimental television as early as 1929?

Follow Australia's journeys toward becoming a nation of TV watchers through records and photos from the National Archives.

National Archives of Australia
16 Corporate Drive
Cannon Hill QLD

Free, bookings essential, places limited: gregory.cope@naa.gov.au or phone (07) 3249 4224

Presented by Greg Cope

Exhibition highlights tour | Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments

Life Interrupted Gallipoli Moments

Saturday 23 August, 2pm | Canberra

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 the complete personal story of those who experienced Gallipoli.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential, places limited. Book now.

Website workshop | Discovering Anzacs: a digital experience

black and white portrait
John Gurner Burnell. From the Bond of Sacrifice collection.

Sunday 23 August, 2.30pm | Canberra

Get a hands-on tutorial in using Discovering Anzacs to find the Anzac in your family. The National Archives' Emma Diamond will take you step by step through the process and give handy hints along the way. Don’t forget to bring your digital device!

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Free, bookings essential. Book now.

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