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.

Last days

The blog will be closed on November 16, 2011 the day that the exhibition “Inside: Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions” is open at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. Last day for sending posts for the Inside website is 9 November. Read more >


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