We’re reopening our doors!

The History Trust is very pleased to advise that we will be re-opening the doors to our museums from 10.00 am, Sunday 22 November. This includes the Migration Museum, the National Motor Museum and the South Australian Maritime Museum.

The capacity limits at our museums remain reduced, with 1 person for every 4 square metres and in alignment with the updated SA Government Emergency Management Declaration, which came into effect at midnight, 21 November 2020.

The Centre of Democracy gallery located in the Institute Building on North Terrace, managed in collaboration with the State Library of South Australia, will reopen during the week, with a date to be advised.

At our museums, our existing COVID Safe practices are still in place, with ongoing regular cleaning, numerous hand sanitiser stations for visitors, physical distancing guidance, and contact tracing. All of our team members have been trained in both our site-specific COVIDSafe Plan and processes and as COVID Marshals.

You can read more about the History Trust’s COVIDSafe approach here.

Of course, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow SA Health and SA Government advice. The health and safety of our teams, visitors and volunteers remains our priority.

The updated COVIDSafe guidelines have impacted school visits and public events across our History Trust locations, with all school bookings cancelled for the rest of the term, and all public programs postponed until after 29 November.

We are speaking directly with those school groups already booked to either cancel or postpone visits. Meanwhile, our online educations programs have not been affected and we welcome enquiries about our virtual museums visits. More information about our education program can be found here.

Our public events and programs scheduled to take place up to and including 29 November, have been cancelled, however many of these events have online access, and we invite you to participate in these from the comfort of home. Our Talking History lecture series continues in an online format as do many of our partners’ and communities’ events.

The History Trust and its museums and galleries will provide updates on any changes through our website and social media channels. If you are seeking information on COVID-19, visit www.health.gov.au or call the Australian Government’s Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Summary

A summary of current changes to operations for each of our museums and galleries can be found below:

Migration Museum:
Total capacity at the Migration Museum has reduced to 35 people

National Motor Museum:
Total capacity at the National Motor Museum has reduced to 300

South Australian Maritime Museum:
Total capacity at the South Australian Maritime Museum has reduced to 75

Centre of Democracy Opening week beginning Monday 23 November – date to be advised

COVID-19 Temporary closure

Many of you will be aware that South Australia is implementing a significant response to a recent outbreak of COVID-19.

This means that we will be closing our museums this afternoon and for the next six days from midnight 18 November 2020, in accordance with the SA Government Emergency Management Declaration. This includes all History Trust museums and galleries including the Migration Museum, the National Motor Museum, the SA Maritime Museum and the Centre of Democracy and our headquarters located at the Torrens Parade Ground. 

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow SA Health and SA Government advice. The health and safety of our teams, visitors and volunteers remains our priority. You can read more about the History Trust’s COVIDSafe approach here.

We are confident that together we can get on top of this.

There is plenty of wonderful SA history available to see and explore online, particularly through our websites.

We will continue to provide updates on any changes through our website and social media channels. If you are seeking information on COVID-19, visit www.health.gov.au or call the Australian Government’s Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080.

In the meantime, we ask our South Australian friends to stay home and stay safe.

COVID-19 Update

The History Trust of South Australia’s museums remain open to the public, with updated capacity limits of 1 person per 4 square metres at all sites. This is in alignment with the updated SA Government Emergency Management Declaration, which came into effect at midnight, 16 November 2020.

The Centre of Democracy gallery located in the Institute Building on North Terrace, managed in collaboration with the State Library of South Australia, will close today until further notice. You can read more about the Centre of Democracy temporary closure.

At our museums, our existing COVID Safe practices are still in place, with ongoing regular cleaning, numerous hand sanitiser stations for visitors, physical distancing guidance, and contact tracing. All of our team members have been trained in both our site-specific COVIDSafe Plan and processes, and as COVID Marshals.

You can read more about the History Trust’s COVIDSafe approach here.

Of course, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow SA Health and SA Government advice. The health and safety of our teams, visitors and volunteers remains our priority.

The updated COVIDSafe guidelines unfortunately impact school visits and public events across our History Trust locations, with all onsite activities cancelled until 29 November.

We are speaking directly with those school groups already booked to either cancel or postpone visits. Meanwhile, our online educations programs have not been affected and we welcome enquiries about our virtual museums visits. More information about our education program can be found here.

Our onsite events and programs scheduled to take place up to and including 29 November, have been cancelled, however many of these events have online access, and we invite you to participate in these from the comfort of home. Our Talking History lecture series continues in an online format as do many of our partners’ and communities’ events.

The History Trust and its museums and galleries will provide updates on any changes through our website and social media channels. If you are seeking information on COVID-19, visit www.health.gov.au or call the Australian Government’s Department of Health Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Summary

A summary of current changes to operations for each of our museums and galleries can be found below:

Migration Museum: Total capacity at the Migration Museum has reduced to 35 people

National Motor Museum: Total capacity at the National Motor Museum has reduced to 300

South Australian Maritime Museum: Total capacity at the South Australian Maritime Museum has reduced to 75

Centre of Democracy Closed temporarily

Centre of Democracy temporary closure

The Centre of Democracy, an interactive gallery managed by the History Trust of South Australia in collaboration with the State Library of South Australia, has closed temporarily.

The Centre, located in the Institute Building on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, was visited recently by a group from a school connected with a COVID-19 case.

Out of an abundance of caution, a decision was made to close the Centre to the public, while we investigated the connection, and to allow a precautionary deep clean of the gallery space.

At the conclusion of our investigation, we are pleased to be able to confirm that the Centre was not exposed to COVID, and the site will not be considered as a contact location.

The Centre will remain closed temporarily and updates will be made via our website and social media channels.

Adelaide’s Centre of Democracy reopens – in time to Stitch and Resist for SALA Festival

The Centre of Democracy, located in the Institute Building on the corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace, will reopen from Monday 3 August after a four-month closure due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The gallery, a collaboration between The History Trust of South Australia and the State Library, showcases the people, ideas and movements that have shaped—and continue to shape—democracy in South Australia.

It will reopen with some minor changes to operations to align with the SA Government’s COVIDSafe guidelines, including increased cleaning, provision of hand sanitiser throughout the gallery, and suggested walkways for visitors to ensure social distancing.

“As a small, but highly engaging gallery space, we’ve embarked on a comprehensive review of our operations to ensure we remain COVIDSafe for our visitors”, said History Trust CEO Greg Mackie OAM. “We have reduced the total number of people allowed in the space, and the History Trust team has also developed some great online versions of our exhibitions, such as the Picturing Democracy online gallery for those who want to visit the Centre from home.”

School groups will be returning to the Centre of Democracy with teacher-led excursions available from Tuesday to Fridays from 10am to 1pm, with Mondays dedicated to delivering exciting new virtual experiences for school groups directly into their classrooms.

The Centre for Democracy will also be participating at this month’s South Australia’s Living Artists (SALA) Festival through its Stitch and Resist craftivism project. Designed to encourage community groups and organisations to host craftivism workshops that address specific issues using the beginner-friendly medium of cross-stitching, the project provides individual change makers, community groups and organisations the digital tools and resources to create textile art that addresses the idea, hopes and concerns of its makers.

Since its launch in March 2020, Stitch and Resist has collected nearly 50 cross-stitch pieces from participants all over the world and can be viewed as part of SALA on the Stitch and Resist online gallery. Submissions still very welcome.

What: The Centre of Democracy is located in the Institute Building, corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue.

Cost: Free admission

Open to the public: Monday to Friday 1.30pm – 4pm (closed weekends and public holidays)

Open to pre-booked school groups: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 1pm, Virtual Visits on Mondays 10am – 1pm. Bookings essential.

Bookings and more information: http://centreofdemocracy.sa.gov.au/

Stitch and Resist Gallery:  https://stitchandresist.com/gallery/

The History Trust of South Australia’s Migration Museum wins Governor’s Multicultural Award for 2019

Congratulations to The History Trust of South Australia’s Migration Museum which was announced as the winner of the 2019 Governor’s Multicultural Award in the Public Sector Award category. The award recognises the Migration Museum’s work in promoting cultural diversity in South Australia.

Director of the Migration Museum, Mandy Paul, said the Award was recognition of the museum’s continuous work for over three decades telling the story of all South Australians. “The Migration Museum was the first museum in the world to adopt the theme of migration,” said Ms Paul. “Our role is to promote the richness of diversity, and to preserve and share South Australia’s migration history, including the impact of migration and colonisation on First Nations Peoples in South Australia.

“We are incredibly proud of the stories we tell and the memories we hold on behalf of so many communities.”

The Migration Museum includes permanent exhibitions and temporary displays in its location in Kintore Avenue, Adelaide. With more than 200 000 visitors each year, including hundreds of community groups and families, it is also the location of the Migration Museum Foundation’s Settlement Square paver program, where more than 2,500 migrant families are honoured in the red bricks of the Museum’s courtyard.

History Trust of South Australia CEO, Greg Mackie OAM, and Chair of Trustees, Elizabeth Ho OAM, paid tribute to the Migration Museum’s team of curators, educators, volunteers and those behind the scenes as they celebrate the Award. “We couldn’t deliver such an important element of South Australia’s cultural tapestry without the exceptional passion and commitment of everyone involved in the Migration Museum, from curators to museum officers to volunteers,” said Mr Mackie. “This Award celebrates not only cultural diversity, but also the work our teams do to support South Australia’s multicultural agenda,” said Ms. Ho.

In 2020 the museum continues to document and share the state’s migration history with partnerships with organisations to showcase the contribution of culturally diverse communities to our state, and when possible, will continue to engage with more than ten thousand school-age students who participate in the museum’s curriculum-based education programs.

Watch the video here. 

Additional resources

The Migration Museum

Governor’s Multicultural Awards 2019

Congratulations to History Trust CEO Greg Mackie on election to Adelaide City Council

The History Trust of SA extends its congratulations to Chief Executive, Greg Mackie OAM, on his provisional election to the Adelaide City Council. Mr Mackie was successful in winning the Central Ward by-election with results announced on 13 May by the SA Electoral Commission.

Chair of Trustees, Elizabeth Ho OAM, said today, “As Chair of the History Trust of SA and on behalf of all Trustees, I extend warm congratulations to our CEO Greg Mackie on his election to the Adelaide City Council. Many will benefit from Greg’s abiding interest in the cultural growth and wellbeing of our city, not to mention a track record in building confidence, consensus and finding solutions.

“The Trust itself does a lot for the cultural advancement of the city and the state through its museums, education programs and community history effort,” Ms Ho said. “I believe I can say on behalf of the Trust team that we are all proud that our CEO has had such a strong endorsement from so many for his leadership qualities.”

Greg’s role as CEO of The History Trust remains unchanged. He will continue to champion South Australia’s cultural heritage and proud history of innovation and reform through The History Trust museums including The Migration Museum in the city, SA Maritime Museum at Port Adelaide, the iconic National Motor Museum at Birdwood, the Centre of Democracy and South Australia’s annual History Festival.

Greg Mackie OAM 

History Trust CEO Greg Mackie OAM

Chair of Trustees Elizabeth Ho OAM