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.

In the lead up to opening our History Reflected exhibition, we’re thrilled to invite you behind closed doors with a great line-up of online exclusives. 


 

Reflecting on: Online Talk Series

Continue your journey behind closed doors of the History Reflected exhibition with our upcoming Reflecting on: Online Talk Series. Gain insights into two items featured in the History Reflected exhibition. You can also participate in a live Q&A.

Upcoming talk: Reflecting on: The Sydney Olympics

Discover some of the fascinating Olympics memorabilia that Sydneysiders have held onto and share your own memories in this interactive discussion that celebrates collectors and Olympics nostalgia. Find out more.

Details
Thursday 23 September, 4pm–4.45pm 
Free online via Zoom link below

Zoom details

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82143490647?pwd=NndwT1lsbmNvY0JzOHgyTFBJNytBZz09 
Passcode: 728649

Prior to the talk, please ensure you have Zoom installed on your computer or mobile device: https://zoom.us

At the time of the talk, please click on the above Zoom link and follow the prompts.

Reflecting on: Online talk series schedule

Thursday 16 September, 4pm–4.45pm 
Reflecting on: The Anti-Discrimination Act

Does the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 – which will feature in the History Reflected exhibition – still represent NSW today? Join the discussion as our guest speakers share their view

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Thursday 23 September, 4pm–4.45pm 
Reflecting on: The Sydney Olympics
Discover some of the fascinating Olympics memorabilia that Sydneysiders have held onto and share your own memories in this interactive discussion that celebrates collectors and Olympics nostalgia. 

Zoom details

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82143490647?pwd=NndwT1lsbmNvY0JzOHgyTFBJNytBZz09
Passcode: 728649

Visit event page

Previous online curator talks

Thursday 29 July, 4pm–4.30pm:
Insights into History Reflected with Dr Penny Stannard, Head of Curatorial
Watch on YouTube

Thursday 5 August, 4pm–4.30pm
The 1828 Census of NSW with Jane Kelso
Watch on YouTube

Thursday 12 August, 4pm–4.30pm
Constructing a life in the colony with Dr Jacqui Newling 
Watch on YouTube

Thursday 19 August, 4pm–4.30pm 
How a key from the Rookwood Asylum came to be in the State Archives with Dr Penny Stannard
Watch on YouTube

Thursday 26 August, 4pm–4.30pm 
Do you see what I see? Views taken during cleansing operations, quarantine area, Sydney with Anna Cossu 
Watch on YouTube

Thursday 2 September, 4pm–4.30pm 
Searching the records for Sir Charles Kingsford Smith with Dr Carlin de Montfort
Watch on YouTube

Thursday 9 September, 4pm–4.30pm 
Bringing blackouts to light: poster design in World War II with Michael Lech
Watch on YouTube

Item close-ups


 

Exhibition highlights

Select an image from the gallery below to find out more.

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

A collaboration between Sydney Living Museums and State Archives.

Exhibition partners

Exhibition Partners - Quay Quarter Sydney, Grosvenor Place