Democracy Matters

Content: Contested stories from the history of democracy.
Special Requirements: Use or reference of the MoAD collection is encouraged, including the building and its collection, MoAD website and online resources.

The history of democracy is all around us – ideas and events that have defined it, the actions of people who have shaped it, and places where democratic values have been challenged, defended or defeated.

There is no absolute definition of democracy; it can change depending on the time, place and circumstances of its use. It has been experienced by different groups in different ways over time.

This year MoAD (Museum of Australian Democracy) invites students from years F-12 to research and create an entry that considers a contested story from the history of democracy.

  • Research a law, political institution, event, individual or group that impacted democracy and analyse its different historical interpretations.
  • Entries are not limited to Australian democracy. They can include local, national and global events, places or people.
  • You can enter a creative response for this category, including 3D museum exhibits.
  • Use or reference of the MoAD collection is encouraged, including the building and its collection, MoAD website and online resources.
  • Winning entries will be displayed on the MoAD website or onsite at the museum.

Some helpful links to get you started:

MoAD Learning
Defining democracy
Political cartoons
HansART – Interpreting Hansard records

Sponsor Details:

MoAD is a living museum of social and political history, located in a nationally listed heritage building in Parkes, Canberra.

MoAD helps people to understand Australia’s social and political history by interpreting the past and present and exploring the future.

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
18 King George Terrace
Parkes, ACT 2600

PO Box 3934
Manuka, ACT 2603

Email: learning@moadoph.gov.au
Website: moadoph.gov.au