It was not until the early 1950s that the Archives had its own buildings in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). With its beginnings in the National Library of Australia, the National Archives grew and grew to the point that it had filled the morgue and laundry of the old Acton hospital. The Archives then moved into huts where the High Court and National Gallery are now situated.
In March 1961 the Archives formally separated from the National Library. The staff and records remained spread across offices in Kingston, Fyshwick and the Romney huts at Parkes. In 1981 the Mitchell facility was created as the Archives’ first purpose built building in the ACT. The reading room was relocated to the new site along with the records and officers from the Romney huts. Another repository building was opened at Greenway in December 1989 to store long-term temporary records.
In 1998 the National Archives moved to an elegant building in the national capital. The Mitchell and Greenway repositories still house records and some staff while the reading room, galleries and public areas of the Archives in Canberra now reside in a heritage listed building in the parliamentary triangle.
Screenmakers has proudly produced various displays and signage for the National Archives since the opening of their new offices in 1998.
Please explore the work undertaken by Screenmakers by using the menu on the left side of the screen.