Next weekend, we’ll be hosting several events as part of the Canberra Writers Festival, running from 21-25 August. MoAD's Edwina Jans will be moderating a discussion with authors Troy Bramston and Patrick Mullins. We spoke with her about the art of politics, the Canberra Writers Festival at MoAD, and the questions she’s most looking forward to asking…
Melbourne-based textile artist and participant in the #UDHRquilt Project, Helen Fraser, discusses craftivism, the impact it's had on her life, and how to become a craftivist.
'Our aim is to provide a safe space for conversation, reflection, truth-telling, celebration and connection to take place'. Craftivist Helen Fraser spoke with us about the Yumi Olgeta craftivism workshop at MoAD.
Have you ever wondered what goes into bringing one of our mystery tours to life? Or what it takes to prep objects for display in unusual spaces? Our Heritage and Collections Officer Nicole takes you behind the scenes and inside the control centre of our One Small Step Mystery Tour in celebration the Moon landing anniversary.
'...the Old Parliament House seemed tailor-made for Hawke’s democratic style.'
Dr. Stephen Mills, former speechwriter for Prime Minister Bob Hawke (1986-91), reflects on his time working with Hawke here in Old Parliament House.
In June of 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU). Since then, little progress has been made in terms of how, when or even if that should happen. As an Australian observer I find this curious. The country voted to leave. Why has this not been enacted?
Throughout history, plenty of rival politicians have been great personal friends, despite spending their careers trying to defeat one another.
Our researcher Campbell examines five famous cross-party friendships in Australian political history.
Here’s a handy Q and A about how to vote, where to vote, how to make sure your vote counts, and what you can expect on election day 2019.
The 2019 election blog you didn't know you needed...
We're in election mode again, with the country set to go to the polls very soon. But why? Is it just a boring chore, or is it more important to rock up and cast your vote? Researcher and democracy nerd Campbell has some history for you...
On 9 May 2019, the Museum of Australian Democracy turned ten! Our intern Madalyn Grant looks back on ten years of MoAD celebrating the history and future of democracy...
How does a set of old photos hold the power to transform a visitor’s experience of our building?
After Senator Fraser Anning was ‘egged’ at a press conference, the concept of egging politicians is making headlines. But it didn’t start with Egg Boy. Here are five famous eggings from AusPol history.
'Although I was and always have been very passionate about climate change, I had never really been that involved in anything....After that day, I knew I had to start doing more...'
In the history of protest, rebellion and revolution, music and song have played a special part.
At about this time every year, our building starts looking a little different...
During the Enlighten Festival, dazzling projections start darting and dancing across the façade of Old Parliament House, enlivening our building and also communicating some powerful messages.
The British government is facing the first motion of no-confidence in decades. What is a motion of no-confidence, what does it mean, and how does it work in Australia’s democracy?
People often say politicians are too influenced by polls. How long has this been the case? The art of gauging public opinion is quite old and over time has become more and more complex. Here’s a summary of the history of opinion polls, in Australia and elsewhere.
Craftivism, quilts and human rights: Celebrating 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Co-founder of the #UDHRquilt Project, Tal Fitzpatrick, reflects on the project that transformed the 'unique and aspirational' Universal Declaration of Human Rights into a textile artwork...
Our collection includes a range of items associated with important cultural and political moments, including clothing and footwear connected to historic events or worn to make political statements.