History @ home

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

Experience engaging and lively discussions from the comfort of your own home

History @ Home is a new online talk series exploring a diverse range of topics related to maritime history. Join our expert curators and their guests as they dive into topics they're most passionate about. 

Learn new stories, consider new research, and hear unexpected voices, with topics covering previous pandemics, vintage fashion, shipwreck hunting, pirates, smugglers, and the world's current ocean health.

Measuring bathing suits, 1922. Image courtesy Library of Congress

Tuesday, 7 September | 4–4.45 pm

Shore of the Past? Surprising short stories from our maritime collections 

As part of History Week, join our knowledge team as they dive into tales of children named after ships, the daring swimsuit designs of Annette Kellermann, and accounts of East Timorese Independence.



Tuesday, 14 September | 4–4.45 pm

Does quarantine really work?

In conversation with epidemiologist Associate Professor David Muscatello, Dr Peter Hobbins asks the question on everyone's lips – can quarantine really save us from pandemics? 


Tuesday, 21 September | 4–4.45 pm

Vintage fashion and the Titanic

What did you wear on a trans-Atlantic liner crossing in 1912? Assistant Curator and historic clothing enthusiast Inger Sheil takes us on a journey through the fashions of the late Belle Époque and the nuances of what was worn and when on liners such as Titanic.


Tuesday, 28 September | 4–4.45 pm

Rediscovering South Australian: A graphic tale of shipwreck

Join maritime archaeologist Dr James Hunter as he shares archaeological research related to South Australian, an English barque wrecked in South Australia's Encounter Bay in 1837.


Tuesday, 5 October, 4–4.45 pm

Save our Seas: How to secure the ocean's future

So much remains to be discovered about our seas, yet one thing is certain: they're all at risk. Join Emily Jateff and Cay-Leigh Bartnicke as they share the latest ideas on saving our seas as presented in the museum's upcoming exhibition One Ocean, Our Future

Smuggled: An illegal history of journeys to Australia, online talk by the Australian National Maritime Museum

Tuesday, 12 October | 4–4.45 pm

Smuggled: An illegal history of journeys to Australia

Join the museum's Head of Knowledge, Dr Peter Hobbins, in this book-club style chat with authors Ruth Balint and Julie Kalman about their latest book, Smuggled