Our doors are open again!

Following a short and successful 7-day lockdown across South Australia, the History Trust is pleased to advise that the doors to our museums are open from 10.00 am Wednesday 28 July. This includes the Migration Museum, the National Motor Museum and the South Australian Maritime Museum, along with the Centre of Democracy.

To keep our visitors and our team members safe, we will open with a capacity of 1 person per 4 square metres, in compliance with SA Government requirements.

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

In addition, new South Australian Government regulations state that masks must be worn in any public internal space; this includes our museums and galleries. We ask that all visitors bring a mask to wear. If you do not have your own, our front desk teams can provide you with a mask.

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 Department for Education school bookings cancelled for the next week and until advised.

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.

The History Trust will provide updates on any changes through our website and social media channels. If you are seeking information on COVID-19, visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au or call the South Australian Government’s COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787.

COVID-19 temporary closure

Monday 19 July 2021

Many of you will be aware that South Australia is implementing a Level 4 response to a recent outbreak of COVID-19.

This means that we will be closing our museums from Tuesday 20 July until further notice. This includes all History Trust museums and galleries including the Migration Museum, the National Motor Museum, the South Australian 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 South Australian 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.

Statement from the History Trust of South Australia regarding Ayers House

Everyone agrees that Ayers House is an irreplaceable example of a gracious 19th-century North Terrace home – and, what is more, the home of one of the then-young colonys leading citizens and political leaders, Sir Henry Ayers. Everyone agrees that it must have an enduring future. That is why the government is prepared to spend $6.6 million to ensure its continued existence into and beyond the 21st century.

Under the stewardship of The History Trust of South Australia, Ayers House will continue to be a recognisable and respected historic building. It will continue to be accessible to the public.

It will be a centre for historical excellence and learning.

It will also provide a physical focus for the many activities of The History Trust – including accommodating the Trust’s small central team in part of the building.

The History Trust is itself as unique as Ayers House. It is the nation’s only public agency charged with promoting and preserving our fascinating history – South Australia’s history. Ayers House will enhance The History Trust’s ability to fulfil its charter in new ways.

It will be home to a range of visitor experiences and advice for individual citizens and community groups.

It will be a place for school-age and tertiary students to visit and link to the major history and schools program of The History Trust. 

It will be a place for everyone to learn more about Sir Henry Ayers and the significant contribution he made as seven-time Premier towards the modern democracy we now enjoy.  

It will be a place for regular public history talks and launches – and not only those that are under The History Trust banner.

Ayers House will also be available for meetings that support the many hundreds of history groups and museums that The History Trust serves through the State History Network. Among these groups and museums are many that are affiliated with the National Trust of South Australia. They, like others, have benefitted across the years from government-funded grant programs administered by, and expert curatorial advice offered through, The History Trust.

As well, Ayers House will be the flagship hub for the annual and hugely popular SA History Festival which boasts well over 600 events every May and which stretches across most towns in SA and many metropolitan communities and organisations.

It will regularly showcase rarely-seen items from the State History Collection, as well as providing a sympathetic setting in which to introduce new acquisitions for public viewing.

It will be home to the Townsend Duryea Panorama – the famous 19th-century panoramic photograph of Adelaide (https://adelaidia.history.sa.gov.au/panoramas/duryea-panorama).

At Ayers House, The History Trust will be able to provide snapshots of the historical projects undertaken throughout the state that are supported by the extensive grants program it administers. 

The History Trust looks forward to joining the SA Museum, State Library, Art Gallery and Adelaide Botanic Garden, Lot 14 agencies and the forthcoming Aboriginal Arts and Culture Centre, on North Terrace. It welcomes the opportunity to continue to work in new ways with these institutions to encourage all South Australians and visitors to enjoy the marvellous cultural and scientific treasures that North Terrace offers.

As The History Trust of South Australia has always done, we will welcome all who have an interest in our history. There are no membership privileges. The History Trust serves all South Australians. That is its public charter and a source of great pride to those of us who represent it.

Published 22 June 2021

Ayers House, Home of Sir Henry Ayers, c. 1860.
Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia, SLSA: B8091, http://images.slsa.sa.gov.au/mpcimg/08250/B8091.htm, Public Domain

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