Due to the impact of COVID-19 this exhibition has been rescheduled and will open on 7 May 2022 at the Museum of Sydney. For more information visit our COVID update page.

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.

Our History Reflected exhibition has been rescheduled but you can enjoy our great range of online videos and close-ups in the meantime below. 


7 May 2022 - 17 July 2022



Exhibition highlights

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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