What’s your
story?

What’s your
story?

Above Tram on College Street en route to Moore Park, Sydney Photo: Steve Terrill

We are seeking visionaries, inventors and dreamers for a better future. How do you think the future might look?

Australia is experiencing an unprecedented period of environmental change, from climate change and biodiversity loss to pollution and mega-urbanisation. Across the continent, people are seeing and feeling the transformation and loss of loved landscapes. Many are responding by creating new ideas, communities and activities designed to protect and enrich their local environments.

We’re asking Australians to choose objects from the places they love, and tell stories about the environmental changes happening there.

What’s your story?

An object, your place, your story.

Choose an object, and tell us how it expresses your personal story about life in your place. Why did you choose this particular object? What does it look like? What’s its history? What’s changing in your place? Why? How do you feel about it? Why is it important to you?

Try to write in the first person, as if you’re describing your place to somebody who’s never been there. You could imagine that you’re writing a diary entry, or an email to a friend. You might reflect on the past and imagine what the future might bring. You might express sadness at the changes taking place, or hope and excitement about the positive steps that your community is taking to care for the local environment.

Perhaps you’re involved in a project of wetland restoration, a community solar project, urban food garden or farmland regeneration. You might choose an object that tells how these projects got started or how you hope it might develop in the future.

We don’t mind what kind of ‘object’ you choose. It might be a rake or a solar array or a rock, or you might prefer to choose a photograph or make a video.

Submission guidelines

Please include with your submission:

  • text of 300 to 1,200 words OR a short video of 3–6 minutes for your reflection/story
  • the location of your place if it’s not clear in the story
  • a one-sentence bio
  • at least one high resolution image of the object (other images could include how the object is used, photos of your place, or anything else that relates to your story)

Use the form below to tell us about your idea for an object story.

How your story will be used

The stories we collect will be published on the Everyday Futures website. We also plan to build on the stories we gather to create an exhibition that will travel to communities around Australia. It will come with learning resources and opportunities to contribute. If you think your community would be a good place to host the exhibition let us know. It could be displayed at a school, museum, library or another suitable venue.

Terms and conditions

By sharing your story, you are allowing the National Museum of Australia to collect, store and publish your contribution in line with the Museum’s conditions of use.

Your story may be used on our websites, social media and for exhibitions, education and promotions.

If you are 11 or under you need to ask your parent or guardian if it’s okay to share your story.

We will not publish your email address on this website. We may use your contact details to get in touch about your contribution.

Read the Museum’s privacy policy.

Please note: The Everyday Futures website terms have changed. Contributions submitted before 31 December 2020 were subject to the terms that submissions would only be published on the Everyday Futures website and may help inform a National Museum of Australia travelling exhibition, an accompanying book and learning resource.

Suggest a story

Let us know your idea for a story to feature on this website