Forgotten or Ignored Australians? The Australian Museum Sector's Marginalisation of Inside - Life in Children's Homes and Institutions

By Adele Chynoweth.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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In 2009, the Australian Government announced as part of the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants its support of a history project at the National Museum of Australia that would serve as a reminder of the experiences of institutionalised children. Two years after “Inside: Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions” was on display at the National Museum, only the Melbourne and Queensland Museums had agreed to host this exhibition that was funded to tour nationally. The lack of take-up by Australian museums in hosting the "Inside" exhibition about Forgotten Australians raises questions concerning the ability of the Australian museum sector to support socially inclusive practices and prompts conjecture concerning the reasons for this refusal.

Keywords: Forgotten Australians, Exhibition, National Museum of Australia, Former Child Migrants, Stolen Generations, Care Leavers, Senate Inquiry, Working Class, Consensus History, History Wars

The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.171-182. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 429.101KB).

Dr. Adele Chynoweth

Visitor, School of History, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Dr Adele Chynoweth was the co-curator of the National Museum of Australia’s exhibition Inside: Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions and is currently a Visitor in the School of History at the Australian National University.

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