Thursday 14 September 2017

National Archives of Australia - temporary relocation

From the National Archives of Australia (

Information about the National Office temporary relocation to Old Parliament House

The Archives' National Office in East Block, Parkes, will be relocated to Old Parliament House (OPH) from 16 October 2017 to late 2018.

This will allow remedial works to be carried out on East Block.

Staff will be temporarily relocated to OPH, where a reading room for access to original records will be available to researchers, and a display of facsimiles of the Constitution and other founding documents will also be housed.

All Archives visitors wishing to see facsimiles of the Constitution and other founding documents will be required to pay the Museum of Australian Democracy entry fee of $2 for adults and $1 for children. This supports the conservation work of the Museum to maintain the heritage-listed OPH building, in which we will be a tenant.

Exhibitions will be placed in secure storage for the duration of the relocation. Our audiences are encouraged to visit our national touring exhibitions with venues and tour dates available at or experience our online exhibitions via the Google Cultural Institute.

During the relocation, Archives staff will be developing exciting new programs and enhanced experiences for visitors on our return to East Block from late 2018.

From close of business on Sunday 17 September 2017 all galleries, store and visitor entry will be closed to the public. The Kings Avenue business entrance will remain open until close of business on Friday 6 October.

From close of business on Friday 6 October 2017 the reading room will be closed, and will reopen at OPH on Monday 16 October. Access to original records will not be available while the reading room is closed. Contact Reference Services staff for more information.

This relocation will not affect staff and records located at the National Archives Preservation Facility in Mitchell, or any of our state/territory offices.

Following the potential sale of East Block, the Archives has agreed to a new eight-year lease, with a two-year option, to commence on the Archives' return to East Block.

The new owner of East Block will be responsible for all remedial works and for ensuring they are undertaken in accordance with relevant regulations, including with regard to the heritage status of the building.

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