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

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

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

Reluctant Representatives book launch and talk

Northern Territory Archives Service, 1977.
Northern Territory Archives Service, 1977. (NAA: B6295, 5309F)

Wednesday 23 February, 5.15pm | Darwin

Join Dr Elizabeth Ganter for the launch of her new book – Reluctant Representatives: blackfella bureaucrats speak in Australia's north. Based on interviews with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public servants in 2007, Reluctant Representatives reveals how the tensions of representing are enduring themes for those who try reflecting their communities in government departments.

Elizabeth will describe her book, published through the ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research Monograph series.

Northern Territory Archives Service
Kelsey Crescent
Millner NT

Free, bookings essential: Please phone for bookings on (08) 8999 6890

Enlighten at the Archives

East Block Illuminated. Photographer: Angus Kendon/National Archives of Australia
Photographer: Angus Kendon/National Archives of Australia

Vintage-inspired audiovisual building projections, Iconic Australian Houses exhibition tours, children's craft and after-dark events!

3, 4, 10 and 11 March, from 6pm | Canberra

More information about events and ticketing for Enlighten 2017

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

Enlighten at the Archives

Portrait of Nick Ritar
Tim the Yowie Man. Photographer: Trudie Hargrave/National Archives of Australia.

Secrets, Spooks and Spies: After Dark Tour with Tim the Yowie Man

3, 4, 10 and 11 March, 9–10.30pm | Canberra

Under the cloak of darkness, explore the historic National Archives building. Join Tim the Yowie Man and uncover the building's secrets and collection treasures.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

$25 Adults; $20 Concession

Sorry, this event has been booked out.

Enlighten at the Archives

Portrait of Nick Ritar
Nick Ritar. Copyright © Greenpeace/Michael Amendoli

Iconic Houses of the 21st Century with Nick Ritar

Saturday 4 March, 6.30–9pm | Canberra

In 2080, what will we look back on as the iconic Australian home? Join Nick Ritar, leading Australian advocate on permaculture and sustainability, for a discussion on aesthetic, design and the future of architecture.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

$40 Adults; $30 Concession | Includes drinks and nibbles, bookings essential

Enlighten at the Archives

Portrait of Tim Ross
Tim Ross. Photographer: Steve Baccon.

Man About the House: An Evening with Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst

Saturday 11 March, 6.30–9pm | Canberra

Following rave reviews of the recent television series, Streets of Your Town, Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst welcome you to a one-of-a-kind experience at the National Archives. For the last four years they have taken temporary possession of architecturally significant buildings and skilfully blended storytelling, music and design in a mood-breaking format that has seen them literally sell out houses across the globe.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT 2600

$50 Adults; $40 Concession | Includes drinks and nibbles, bookings essential

Planes, Trains and Camels: Transport at the National Archives

Afternoon Tea on the Trans-Australian Railway
Afternoon Tea on the Trans-Australian Railway (NAA: B3319, 60A)

Wednesday 3 May, 10.30am-12pm | Adelaide

Transport yourself through time with this talk at the National Archives. Explore railway photographs, ship crew lists, patents for bicycle design and aviation history. And of course camels! There will also be a chance to talk to Archives staff and view original records.

Bray Room 1
State Library of South Australia
North Terrace
Adelaide SA

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made online at via Eventbrite or by phone on (08) 8204 8787.

Presented by Nick Gleghorn

Beacons by the Sea: Stories of South Australian Lighthouses

Mr Salchany in his lighthouse keepers uniform holding an electric signal lamp - Neptune Island lighthouse in the background
Mr Salchany, lighthouse keeper of Neptune Island, 1963. (NAA: A1200, L43685)

This event is in partnership with Adelaide City Libraries

Friday 12 May, 12.30–1.30pm | Adelaide

Explore the history of South Australian lighthouses through the stories of isolation, family life and tragedy, shipwrecks, natural disasters and changing technology contained in the wealth of lighthouse material held by the National Archives.

Adelaide City Library
Studio 1, Level 3,
Rundle Place, Rundle Mall (enter via Francis Street)
Adelaide SA

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made online or by phone on (08) 8203 7990

Inventions that changed (and didn’t change) the world

A technical drawing showing the mechanical details for a two wheel drive bicycle
Percy Hugh Pritchett - Improvements in cycles or velocipedes, 1894. (NAA: AP476/1, 3567)

This event is in partnership with Adelaide City Libraries

Friday 26 May, 12.30–1.30pm | Adelaide

The 19th century was a time of great invention and optimism and this is reflected in the patents registered during this time. Focusing on those patents that were registered in South Australia between 1878 and 1904 this talk examines a range of innovations in areas such as agriculture and industry, cycling and sports, medicine and the home, some of which changed the world and some which certainly didn't.

Adelaide City Library
Studio 1, Level 3
Rundle Place, Rundle Mall (enter via Francis Street)
Adelaide SA

Free, bookings essential: Bookings can be made online or by phone on (08) 8203 7990

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