Please note:

The Stanner Reading Room and the Client Access rooms will be closed on the 19th and 20th of September as AIATSIS is holding the Russell Taylor Oration.

We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that you can plan a visit to access our collection outside this period. If you have particular needs during this period our Collection Access Unit will happily work with you to advise on access our collection. We encourage you to contact collectionenquiry@aiatsis.gov.au

Kayannie Denigan, Dr Tran Tran and Craig Ritchie standing next to each other

Staff overwhelmingly vote ‘Yes’ to new EA

13 Sep 2018

The AIATSIS Enterprise Agreement 2018-2021 was formally signed by bargaining representatives this week.

Funding to improve Indigenous outcomes through expert cultural exchange

15 Aug 2018

AIATSIS was successful in its application for a COALAR grant to support a two-way learning exchange with Mexico and Peru.

2018 Russell Taylor Oration

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

This year’s event is presented by Wiradjuri woman Katrina Fanning and is part of AIATSIS' year long celebration of the 2018 NAIDOC theme ‘Because of Her, we Can!'

Photographic technician Charnel Henaway prepares lantern slides from the AIATSIS Pictorial Collection for digitisation.

Digitising the AIATSIS lantern slide collections

5 Sep 2018

Lantern slides are a unique format that was in wide use from the 18th to mid-20th century and allowed glass photographic transparencies to be displayed using a magic lantern projector.

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Following the Franklin: Kim McKenzie and the Tasmanian Film Project

31 Aug 2018

This month marks 35 years since the Federal Government ceased the Hydro-Electric Commission’s construction of a dam on the Franklin River in southwest Tasmania; however, evidence presented during this court case claiming the archaeological significance of Kutikina Cave was neither exceptional nor significant continued to haunt archaeologist Rhys Jones.

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Warupaw uu (The Echo of the Drums)

3 Aug 2018

AIATSIS highlights collection materials that document ways the drum embeds Torres Strait Islander identity and has acted as an agent of musical change in the sacred song repertoire in the Torres Strait Islands. The Collections cover the period 1920s-1995. 



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