About this site

Inside: Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions is an exhibition based on personal histories of the Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and all those who who experienced institutional care as children. It is a voice for those who were inside and a chance for others to understand.

See the new online exhibition, released 6 November 2012

The Inside exhibition was on show at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra from 16 November 2011 to 26 February 2012.

The stories, photos, artwork, poems, songs and articles and comments posted here are part of the exhibition. This site is a permanent feature of the National Museum of Australia’s main website.

Warning: some people may find this material and the associated memories disturbing. Some of the language may be confronting but it reflects people's experiences.

New Inside exhibition website launched

New Inside exhibition website launched

A new Inside exhibition website has been launched to coincide with the third anniversary of the Australian Government’s National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. Read more >

Photos from Remembrance Day 2011, Brisbane

Photos from Remembrance Day 2011, Brisbane

The Remembrance Day 2011 event in Brisbane on 7 December was well attended and affirming. Here are some photographs from the event. Read more >

Fare thee well …

The blog is now closed. Thank you for trusting the National Museum to tell your history. Read more >

Invitations to exhibition opening

We were deeply distressed yesterday to realise that due to a software malfunction, our email invitations to the opening were not delivered. Read more >


... a project to document and commemorate stories of Australians who as children experienced institutional care