National Archives of Australia

Memory of a Nation

photo by David Somlyay
The recently completed fit out of the new permanent exhibition at the National Archives of Australia, Memories of a Nation, introduces visitors to the Archives collection and invites them to engage with a broad range of historically significant objects and their stories. The exhibition was designed by Sydney based designers Freeman Ryan Design and highlights the importance of the National Archives and its collection to all Australians.

The complex and highly detailed fit out is smart, clean and elegant and creates a framework for the stories of the objects and documents to be told. The exhibition design encourages a feeling of discovery for the visitor as they begin a journey to uncover historically significant stories. Layers of objects are highlighted in several different styles of glass and acrylic showcases while other objects are discovered in drawers and display niches as the visitor progresses through the gallery space. The space itself and the materials chosen including glass, aluminium, painted surfaces and Brushbox timber, create an intimate and comfortable environment, inviting the visitors to discover, reflect and create personal connections with individual stories.

The exhibition fit out and the over all exhibition experience that it provides for visitors to the National Archives is of the highest quality and reflects the importance of the institution that it represents.

'Memory of a Nation', National Archives of Australia, Canberra. Principal exhibition design: Freeman Ryan Design. Photography: David Somlyay for Designcraft. Images reproduced courtesy of National Archives of Australia. Images are not to be reproduced without prior consent.