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We all grow up with stories about the past. Our landscapes and these stories hold markers and memories from those who were here before. These become anchors for many of us now living in a more fragmented world.

Understanding and appreciating our connection with those who came before us and what they did is critical to who we are today and how we act. We are shaped by our past and our identity as South Australians is made up of the threads of many stories woven into one complex tapestry. Sharing our stories creates common ground in our multicultural society. History was then. History is now.

The History Trust operates three museums –  the Migration Museum, the National Motor Museum and the South Australian Maritime Museum. Complementing those established museums is the Centre of Democracy – an exciting new collaboration with the State Library of South Australia. We also partner with other Australian museums to present exhibitions.

In support of South Australia’s community history network of committed volunteer associations and local history specialists, we manage a Community Museums Program and offer annual grants for research and writing to promote the value of history and our place in the world. Every year we present South Australia’s History Festival – a statewide celebration of community history, collections and heritage. We partner to present great community events such as the Bay to Birdwood vintage car run and other events, festivals and celebrations on South Australia’s cultural calendar.

Click here to read about our vision and view our Strategic Plan 2017- 2021.

Acknowledgment of Traditional Owners

The History Trust of South Australia respects the primary place of Aboriginal people in the history of this place. We acknowledge that our story commenced long before Governor Hindmarsh proclaimed the new Province of South Australia on 28 December 1836. Aboriginal people have a history that extends millennia into the past. We acknowledge that Aboriginal lands and sovereignty were not recognised and that building a shared understanding of history is critical to reconciliation.

We affirm our role in reconciliation as an essential part of Indigenous and non-Indigenous South Australians co-creating a positive future.