After Dark: Blame

Join us for the 2023 edition of After Dark at the Justice & Police Museum. Guest speakers, artists, performers and filmmakers will delve into diverse subjects that shape our past, present and future.

This thought-provoking, adults-only experience will explore contemporary themes and bring to light historical cases, characters and issues. The program will feature talks, performances, interactive experiences, an onsite bar and after-hours access to the museum.

Victim blaming – the act of blaming victims for a criminal act that has happened to them – is a widely publicised issue in recent years. This act of blame or imposing shame is by no means a new phenomenon. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the famous Bogle–Chandler case, when the two bodies of a couple having an affair were found poisoned on the banks of the Lane Cove River in 1963. The case, which shocked the public and immediately gained wide media scrutiny, was never solved. The authorities and media, and as a result the public, imposed blame on the victims and caused long-term grief to their families, who became victims of the media circus that ensued. It was Peter Butt’s 2006 documentary Who killed Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler that proposed a new and now widely supported theory. Join us to watch the film, learn about new developments in the cold case and take part in a Q&A with the director.

Members get more: Members enjoy reserved seating with complementary popcorn plus 10% off at the bar.

After Dark is supported by Create NSW as part of Culture Up Late.

Corner Albert and Phillip streets, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 9252 1144

Justice & Police Museum

Corner Albert and Phillip streets, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 9252 1144
  • Wheelchair accessible
Plan your visit
  • Friday 21 April 5pm–9pm
Holly Schulte, MHNSW curator, stands at the podium at the front of the Water Police Court, while she gives a talk titled 'Crime on Film'. A large crowd is seated in front of her and images from the Forensic Archive are projected on the screen behind her.
16 June, 5pm-9pm

After Dark: Belonging

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion and interactive performances as speakers and artists explore what it means to belong in a multicultural society such as Australia

Holly Schulte and Sunil Badami sit at the stage at the front of the Water Police Court and speak about Holly's work at MHNSW
11 August, 5pm-9pm

After Dark: Boycott

Listen to our panel of experts as they delve into the concepts of cancel culture, censorship, freedom of expression and navigating history in a modern-day context

Visitors look up, their faces illuminated by the light of the projected film. They are seated at round tables with candles and cocktails.
27 October, 5pm-9pm

After Dark: Dis(order)

Join us for this year’s final After Dark, an evening of live music, discussion and dis(order) as we delve into Sydney’s nightlife and cultural history