A collecting program on the representation of Australia’s diplomatic history has been launched by the National Museum of Australia in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Curators are seeking donations of objects that help tell strong personal stories around Australian diplomacy. This may include souvenirs, clothing, artworks, diaries, scrapbooks, equipment, signs, flags or posters and other ephemera. The Museum cannot consider offers of large collections of personal or official papers or extensive photographic archives.
About the project and DFAT partnership
The Australian diplomatic collection project aims to promote a greater understanding of Australia’s engagement with the world using significant object to highlight the nature and complexity of diplomacy.
The Australian diplomatic collection will offer broad insights into Australia’s national identity, which is in many ways defined by extensive and diverse international connections. The initiative will also increase awareness of the diverse and challenging work of DFAT and its predecessor departments, as well as their contribution to promoting Commonwealth trade, foreign policy and development assistance.