History Reflected takes visitors on an unexpected journey through moments of change in NSW's history.

The exhibition profiles 25 of the most iconic, treasured and curious items from the NSW State Archives Collection alongside bold contemporary reflections from artists, writers, curators and commentators. Challenging, emotionally arresting and surprising, History Reflected invites audiences to contemplate the past, present and future and will change the way we look at history.


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7 May 2022 - 17 July 2022


Adult | $15 
Concession | $12 
Child (5-15 years) | $12 
Family* | $38 
Members | Free of charge
Children under 5 years | Free of charge
Free entry Fridays 5pm-8pm & weekends

*1 adult & 2 children, 1 adult & 3 children, 2 adults & 1 child, 2 adults & 2 children

Museum of Sydney
Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000

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Exhibition highlights

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Get up, Stand up (anti-smoking film for teenagers, 1981)

Meet our curators

For the first time, this exhibition brought together our entire team of curators. Assisted by archivists and conservators at NSW State Archives, each curator explored a specific item, uncovering insights into its meaning – past and present. 

  • Dr Penny Stannard, Head of Curatorial 

  • Anna Cossu

  • Dr Carlin De Montfort

  • Dr Jacqui Newling

  • Jane Kelso

  • Marina Grilanc

  • Mel Flyte

  • Michael Lech

  • Nerida Campbell

  • Dr Scott Hill


SLM and NSW State Archives Logo


Exhibition Partners Logo Quay Quarter Grosvenor Place