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Help us tell your story.

The National Museum of Australia is putting together an exhibition, called Inside: Life in Children’s Homes. Scheduled to open in Canberra in November 2011, it will tell some of the stories of those who experienced institutional care as children. A voice for those Australians, it will also give others a chance to understand something of what their fellow Australians went through.

This blog traces our progress, shares news, and showcases contributions – mostly from adults who were in out-of-home care as children, but also from others who have reflected on those children’s experience as an outsider. See what we’re collecting, browse the contributions by guest authors, or explore the issues via tags, categories or links on the right-hand side.

Thank you to CLAN for supplying the photographs and badge at the top-right of the blog.

Feel free to contact us using the form below. If you intend to contribute some material, please see this note. If you’d like to post a message for everyone to read, use the message board.

The Inside exhibition is funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, as part of the Forgotten Australians: Our History project.

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