Exhibitions

View exhibitions and displays currently showing at the National Archives in Canberra and venues around Australia. Find out more about our past exhibitions.

  • Spy: Espionage in Australia

    Lydia Janovska at Mascot Airport, Sydney, 1960. NAA: A6122, 1756
    Lydia Janovska at Mascot Airport, Sydney, 1960. (NAA: A6122, 1756)

    Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction.

    Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counter-espionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day.

    Exhibition development supported by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia and National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program.

    We want to ensure Spy reaches as many Australians as possible. A national tour is currently being developed. Keep an eye on our website for details.

    Spy will be on display at our newly revamped National Office in Canberra from spring this year.


    12 July 2019 to 15 September 2019

    Newcastle Museum
    6 Workshop Way
    Newcastle NSW 2300

    Tour schedule

    Opens:
    12 July 2019
    Closes:
    15 September 2019
    Location:

    Newcastle Museum
    6 Workshop Way
    Newcastle NSW 2300

  • 1918: A different life

    Australia was forever changed by the Armistice of 11 November 1918.

    1918: A different life presents a new perspective on how Australians, both serving and civilian, found opportunities to rebuild their lives after the war. Immerse yourself in stories of resilience, courage, resourcefulness and ambition.

    Online only

  • Charters of our Nation

    Royal Commission of Assent, 9 July 1900 (detail). (NAA: A5137,1)

    See facsimiles of some of Australia’s most significant records – those that record the events leading to Federation and the founding of the Commonwealth of Australia.

    16 October 2017 to 1 September 2019

    Old Parliament House
    18 King George Terrace
    Parkes ACT 2600

  • Without Consent: Australia's past adoption practices

    A crèche at a large maternity hospital, 1954
    A crèche at a large maternity hospital, 1954
    (NAA: A1200, L15678)

    Moving experiences of heartbreak and resilience, shared by people affected by Australia's past adoption practices.

    Visit the Forced Adoptions website to learn more about the effects on mothers, fathers, adopted persons, and others within the family. The website was created by the National Archives of Australia to increase awareness and understanding of forced adoptions. It provides access to research, records and resources, and an opportunity for those affected to contribute their own experiences of forced adoption.

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

    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.

    1 November 2019 to 26 January 2020

    National Wool Museum
    26 Moorabool Street
    Geelong VIC 3220

    Tour schedule

    Opens:
    1 November 2019
    Closes:
    26 January 2020
    Location:
    National Wool Museum
    26 Moorabool Street
    Geelong VIC 3220
    Opens:
    7 February 2020
    Closes:
    26 April 2020
    Location:
    State Library of South Australia
    Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue
    Adelaide SA 5000
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