Donate your Item

The Shrine of Remembrance is committed to preservation and interpretation of Australia's social and military history. At present the collection focuses on objects, documents and photographs that are directly related to the history of the Shrine and items that are considered highly exhibitable in the temporary and permanent exhibitions programs.

The Learning and Access Department at the Shrine of Remembrance coordinates all offers of donation to the Shrine. Items acquired for the collection must relate to the collecting area and fit within the Collections Policy of the Shrine.  

Before submitting your offer

Before you proceed with an offer of donation we suggest you talk to your family. There may be a family historian who would be interested in keeping the items within the family. You may like to read our Dontation Information Sheet.

Submitting your offer

To assist us in assessing your offer of donation please provide as much information as possible to help us understand your items. It is important to include names of people and places that are of relevance.

  • Brief list/description of the items.
  • Who owned these items?
  • Service details of relevant persons?
  • Tell us the story of the items.
  • How did you come to own these items?
  • Please also attach a photograph of the items.

We ask that you do not bring items to the Shrine until you have a confirmed appointment. Staff are not always available and some items offered for donation may have safety considerations that need to be addressed prior.

Please submit your offer of donation to [email protected]

Assessment of your offer

You may be contacted for further information or to arrange an inspection of the items. 

In assessing the suitability of an offer of donation the team must consider existing collection holdings, storage requirements, staff resourcing and the collection development strategy. It is the case that we must sometimes decline offers of donation. Whilst there are many items we cannot accept permanently for the collection we may consider these items for inclusion in our temporary and permanent exhibitions program. There are many treasures hidden in private family collections and we value the generosity of lenders for our exhibitions.

The assessment process can be lengthy so we suggest you contact the Shrine for an updated status of your offer. Please email [email protected]