Beneath the Surface

Enjoy monthly talks by the museum's Knowledge team and their guests

Beneath the Surface is our monthly talk series hosted by the museum’s Knowledge team and their guests.

Go beneath the surface and behind the scenes with museum curators and conservators to find out more about current exhibitions, research projects and collections. In an effort to share content with both national and local audiences, some talks will be delivered online and some onsite. Onsite talks are shared via social media to ensure national audiences don’t miss out. The Beneath the Surface program is offered free of charge to the public, although museum members receive first dibs on bookings! Please see below for information on our upcoming talks and onsite tours. 

Photo by Matt Curnock. Courtesy Ocean Image Bank. 




Upcoming Talks & Tours




Past Talks

October 2023

Beneath the Surface - Ships Plans and Planning Ships

With Roland Leikauf, Curator of Post-War Immigration and Honorary Research Associate, David Payne


September 2023

Beneath the Surface - Operation Jaywick and Camp X 

With Archaeologist Stirling Smith and ANMM Volunteer Steve Mountain


May 2023

Beneath the Surface - Koning Willem II - a Dutch shipwreck in Robe, SA

With Dr James Hunter, Navy Curator and Archaeologist.


March 2023

Beneath the Surface - The White Star Line Service to Australia

With Inger Sheil, Assistant Curator


November 2022

Beneath the Surface - The many afterlives of HMB Endeavour

With Kieran Hosty, Manager Maritime Archaeology and Dr James Hunter, Navy Curator and Archaeologist


October 2022

Beneath the Surface - Picturing fish: more than meets the eye

With Cay-Leigh Bartnicke, Curator of Special Projects


September 2022

Beneath the Surface - Desperate Voyages: Destination Australia until the early 1980s

Dr Roland Leikauf, Curator of Post-war Immigration


August 2022

Beneath the Surface - Exploring Shipwrecks in virtual reality

Dr James Hunter, Navy Curator and Archaeologist


July 2022

Beneath the Surface - Working together on Aboriginal watercraft

Matt Poll, Manager Indigenous Programs


June 2022

Beneath the Surface - Shaped by the Sea: creating an exhibition about deep time

Stephen Gapps, Senior Curator Voyaging and Early Colonial Maritime History


May 2022

Beneath the Surface - Sustainable Shipping

Emily Jateff, Senior Curator Ocean Science and Technology


April 2022

Beneath the Surface - Aboriginal maritime knowledges of Sydney Harbour

Matt Poll, Manager Indigenous Programs

Beneath the Surface - Titanic: What more is there to discover?

Inger Sheil, Assistant Curator