The National Communications Museum explores the power of communication and the technologies that enable it to create and transform societies. We are a dynamic and contemporary museum that fosters connectivity and understanding and facilitates conversations around the ongoing challenge of communication.
Designed by award winning architects Carr Design, the Museum sits in an emerging cultural and STEM precinct alongside neighbouring Swinburne University of Technology and opposite the Hawthorn Arts Centre, on Burwood Road, Hawthorn. Visitors to the National Communications Museum can explore the fascinating stories of Australia’s technological innovation and resourcefulness in overcoming vast distances in an often-hostile natural environment.
Focusing on two-way communication – both analogue and digital – the Museum will host an array of working material artefacts and technologies, developed and designed in response to one of the fundamental drivers of our humanity: the innate need to connect.
Technologies the museum will explore include Indigenous communication methods past and present, post, telegraphy, telephony, two-way radio, satellite, social media, the National Broadband Network, and the innovations and technologies of various Australian communication developers and vendors. The Museum will provide engaging and interactive experiences that are accessible and meaningful to all visitors.
For over sixty years a small band of former and current postal and telecommunications employees have been passionately collecting and preserving telecommunications artefacts such as telegraph and telephone equipment, postal bags, uniforms and machinery, photographs and ephemera dating back to the 1850s.
In 2018, Heritage Telecommunications Limited was established as a not-for-profit entity. Our goals were to consolidate and preserve the nationally dispersed collection, expand it to encompass broader themes of our nation’s communications history and future, and share it by building a digitally accessible collection database and the professionally staffed National Communications Museum.
David Piltz – Chair
Jo-Anne Cooper – Director
Stefan Nowak – Operations Manager
Emily Siddons – Exhibition and Programs Manager
Lauren McAlary – Collection Officer