Borrow a Travelling Exhibition

History Trust of South Australia’s Travelling Exhibitions

The History Trust of South Australia has a number of travelling displays available for loan to community groups and organisations, local government and schools. Engaging and professionally produced, the displays are simple to transport and install.

Contact us on 08 8203 9888 or email to enquire about availability and scheduling.

Scroll down below to view the exhibitions available to borrow.

Please note: some exhibitions book well in advance, so please book early if you have a special event planned.

Activism Now – Available to book from February 2020

While the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia is a timely reminder that there have always been ideas worth fighting for, Activism Now demonstrates that political engagement matters as much now as it ever has. Featuring the voices and concerns of six young, self-identified women activists, this exhibition at once confronts the visitor with some of the harsh realities we face today, and provides hope for a better future. This exhibition was created by the Centre of Democracy. It comprises of seven wooden crates with pull up exhibition panels.

Armistice: South Australia Remembers

This exhibition looks at the moment in time when peace was announced in South Australia, the process of bringing servicemen and women home and how they were able to adjust to civilian life. It reflects on how we honour and remember them, how bereaved families found peace and consider the marks the war has made on this state. The display was produced in 2018 as a partnership between the History Trust of South Australia and Veterans SA to commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice on 11 November 1918. It comprises of eight single-sided pull-up banners.

The Barwell Boys: South Australia’s British Farm Apprentices

Among the many migrants who came to South Australia seeking a new life in the early twentieth century were over 1,750 British boys who arrived under the Barwell and Little Brothers farm apprenticeship schemes. These boys and young men went to work on the land, and their varied experiences reflect the families and farms they were sent to and the work to which they were put. This display explores the history of the youth migration schemes, the experiences of the boys, and their contributions in later life. It was produced by The Barwell Boys and Little Brothers Family and Friends Association and is based on a larger temporary exhibition held at the Migration Museum in 2013 to celebrate the centenary of South Australia’s British farm apprentice schemes.  It comprises six single-sided pull-up panels.

Blue Jeans Jungle Greens: Revisiting the 60s and 70s

The sixties and seventies was a time of great political and social turmoil, generational division and intense personal passion and commitment. Blue Jeans Jungle Greens examines both the conflict in Vietnam and the anti-war campaign on the home front, as well as other social movements of the time. This display draws on the stories – and the photo albums – of South Australians, and reminds us of the power of the past in people’s lives. The display comprises eight double-sided pull-up banners.

Bravest of the Brave

This travelling exhibition tells the moving stories of the eight South Australians awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War: Arthur Blackburn, Phillip Davey, Roy Inwood, Jørgen Jensen, John Leak, Arthur Sullivan, Lawrence Weathers and James Parks Woods. The exhibition consists of seven double-sided pull-up banners and four wooden crates which double as plinths to display framed citations and replica sets of medals, including the VCs belonging to the eight men. It also includes a schools’ resources kit. The exhibition was first produced in 2013 as a partnership between the History Trust of South Australia and Veterans SA to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.

Call of Country

Launched in 2015, this travelling exhibition recognises Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander military service. Despite discrimination in everyday life and in national enlistment policy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people volunteered and served in all conflicts in which Australia has been involved. The service of the ten people in this display extends from the First World War to Afghanistan. Viewers will be moved by their courage and achievements.

Citizens & Sisters: changing South Australia

On the morning of 18 December 1894, the South Australian Parliament passed a momentous piece of legislation. South Australian women became the first women in Australia, and among the first in the world, to win the right to vote and the right to stand for Parliament. Women, and men, fought for the vote for women not as an end in itself, but in order to change the world around them. Beginning with the 1894 milestone, this exhibition explores the history of the struggle for women’s rights in South Australia and asks us to consider the question: how much has changed?

Epic Flight Centenary 1919 – 2019

In 1919, Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes awarded a £10,000 prize for the first Australians to fly from London to Darwin in a British-made plane. Only one crew made it home inside the required 30 days. South Australian brothers Ross and Keith Smith, with their mechanics Wally Shiers and Jim Bennett, left England on 12 November 1919 and flew into Darwin on 10 December. As the first flight across the planet, the Smith crew’s 1919 journey was one of the world’s greatest pioneering achievements. In 2019, South Australia commemorates the Epic Flight Centenary through a program of events coordinated by the History Trust of South Australia, to celebrate the extraordinary achievement and inspire South Australians to strive for new horizons. The display received funding support from the Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Fund and the History Trust of South Australia. The exhibition consists of eight single-sided pull-up banners.


This travelling exhibition tells the moving stories of the brave actions of five South Australians awarded the Victoria Cross and George Cross in the Second World War and the Vietnam War.
It comprises five double-sided pull-up banners telling the history of both awards, a background to South Australia and World War II and the Vietnam War and the stories of the five recipients: Peter Badcoe VC; Thomas Currie (Diver) Derrick VC; George Gosse GC; William (Bill) Kibby VC; and Lionel Matthews GC. The framed replica medals and citations of each man are also included. These come stored in three wooden crates which then double as plinths for their display.

Gallipoli: The South Australian story

A travelling display developed in 2005 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, updated and reprinted in 2014 in time for the Anzac Centenary. Australia’s first military engagement in Europe’s Great War began when Australian soldiers landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April 1915. Gallipoli has been hailed as Australia’s ‘baptism of fire’. This display focuses on the South Australian soldiers who became part of the ‘Anzac legend’ and on the South Australian organisations that worked for the war effort on the home front in 1915. Comprising of seven double sided pull up banners, it was researched and written by the History Trust of SA with sponsorship by Veterans SA and RSL (SA Branch).

Once Upon a Time: Stories of South Australian Childhood

This exhibition offers a glimpse into the lives of children living in South Australia over successive generations, in both the happy and more challenging times. Comprising five double sided pull up banners, throughout the display there are QR codes that when scanned using the appropriate mobile device will link the user with additional online images. There are also memory prompts within the exhibition text designed to assist the viewer to recall their own childhood and initiate conversation. Photographs are from the collections of five South Australian community history groups: City of Holdfast Bay Local History Centre, Embroiderers’ Guild Museum of South Australia, Gawler National Trust Museum, Mallala Museum and the Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society, and incorporating images from the South Australian Government Photographic Collection. There are additional images to those on the panels shown as a continuous slide show on digital photo frames. The host organisation can augment the display with items from their collection or from members of their community.

Good & Useful Work: A Century of Red Cross in South Australia

As part of the world’s largest humanitarian movement, Red Cross has been part of Australian life since the Australian Branch of the British Red Cross was established nine days after the outbreak of the First World War. Created as part of Red Cross centenary celebrations in 2014 as a joint project of the History Trust of SA and Red Cross (South Australian Division), this exhibition traces the history of the South Australian division and comprises seven double-sided pull up banners.

‘Vote Yes’: The 1967 referendum

The display focuses on the ‘Yes’ campaign, which succeeded in 1967 in changing the Australian Constitution and is remembered as the moment when Indigenous Australians achieved citizenship in their own land. It remembers the people who came together and worked for the ‘Yes’ vote, and South Australia’s contribution. It also explains the constitutional and political background to the referendum. The display was produced in 2007 as a partnership between the History Trust of SA and Reconciliation South Australia to mark the fortieth anniversary of the referendum. It comprises four double-sided pull-up banners.

The Great War at Home

The display shines a light on the experiences of South Australians during the First World War with a special focus on the home front activities. It brings this period of history to life with SA-specific information and stories, particularly concentrating on the work of women and children but also highlighting the work done by men too old or too young to enlist, and the battles that returned soldiers found themselves fighting at home. Consisting of five pull up banners, the display covers the following themes: South Australians on the eve of war; Mobilisation on the Homefront: ‘Doing their bit’; Men and the Homefront: If not fighting for King and Country…; Continuing work after troops came Home; and Stories and profiles of various key individuals who were left ‘Holding the Fort’. It was produced in 2017 and supported by the Anzac Day Commemoration Fund.