A small Archive was established in 1990 under the Primary building (JS2) by Mr David Anderson (Head of History) and Ms Anne Maley (Social Sciences teacher) until the appointment in 1997of the School Archivist. The School Archive was then formally established 15 years after the School's foundation with the School Museum opening in 2000. The Archives and Museum is located in the White House, the original building used in 1983 as the School Administration and the original homestead of the Jackson family.
The Archivist, of Hills Grammar is responsible for the appraisal, selection and preservation of the school’s records, and for the arrangement, description, care and custody of these records according to the standards of archival and Museum practice. These records date back to the formation of Hills Grammar. The Museum and Archive play an integral role in collecting and preserving the history of the School as a significant development in the Hills District at large and more specifically for its present and past families. The Archives' collection contains items that document this history, such as photographs, documents, publications, oral histories, memorabilia, student works and ephemera. The Archive provides students and teachers with a resource that complements the curriculum, containing fascinating primary sources that are real and personal to the students. The archivist also supports school reunions and special anniversaries, mounting memorabilia and photographic displays.
The Archivist Marilynne Vietnieks 9654 5260
The School Museum and Archive are open most Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Visitors and donations are always welcome.
Located on the upper level of the Mallik Building, the Gallery was officially opened on 7 May 2010 and it has been created to exhibit pieces of historical significance relating to the School, local community and the nation. The 25th Anniversary Quilt, framed to conservation standards, is prominently displayed in one of The Gallery's walls. The quilt was four years in the making and evolved into a timeless fabric masterpiece measuring over 2 x 2 metres. It was designed by local artist Lesley Boston and lovingly quilted by fifteen ladies with close connections to the School. The quilt is complemented by a pictorial display featuring images from the first 25 years of the School. The inaugural exhibition at The Gallery, researched and installed by the School Archivist, displayed museum objects reflecting the story narrated by the 25th anniversary quilt.
The School’s 2017 exhibition “Extraordinary Education” is based around the Schools Strategic framework and focuses on 4 key Strategic areas: Inspired Learning, Outstanding Teaching, Unique Learning Environment and Organisational Sustainability.
Past Exhibitions include:
2011 - "1901 Federation of Australia - The Road to Nationhood", displayed an exceptional collection of federation materials. All objects highlighted the issues and the people who were instrumental in uniting Australia.
2012 - "Faces of Hills", our 30th Anniversary exhibition, profiled some of our talented alumni as well as staff and students, and the various objects they generously donated to the School Museum.
2013 - "Our Place", explored Australia's place in the world from its indigenous origins through to our global context. Paralleling Australia's emergence is the growth of Hills Grammar from a small local school in the then 'backwater called Kenthurst' to the leading independent school of today.
2014 - "Commemoration of ANZAC, Century of Service" contained a display of Australian war memorabilia which tells the story of Australians involved in conflicts over one hundred years. The Exhibition acknowledged and recognised Hills Grammarians who have served in the armed forces on war fronts and as peacekeepers.