Monthly Archives: January 2015

Venue hire

Manning Clark House is available for hire for conferences, business meetings and social gatherings. Hirers have access to the lounge room, dining room and kitchen of the House and the beautiful large garden.

This unique and beautiful heritage-listed venue is available for hire to both MCH members and the public, with discounted rates for members and not for profit organisations.

Hire includes:

  • use of kitchen equipment including cutlery, glasses and crockery
  • tables and chairs
  • additional equipment and services available at extra charge eg small marquees, projector and screen, photocopying etc.
  • furniture etc can be set up for an additional charge

Capacity – the lounge room, which is the area part of the venue, can hold:

  • up to 40 people in “seminar” style
  • around 55 for cocktail
  • around 20 for a dinner
  • 12 for u-shaped business planning days
  • Some hirers erect a marquee in the gardens for large events such as weddings

To book the venue or for more information, please contact us at or phone (02) 6295 9433.

Become a member of MCH

Members of Manning Clark House play a very important part in supporting, guiding and implementing the organisation’s program of activities through subscriptions, attendance and feedback at events and election to the Committee.

People throughout Australia can become members of Manning Clark House Inc.
Membership fees are shown on the application form accessed below.

Membership benefits:

  • free entry to most MCH events
  • discounted entry to special events
  • use of the house library by arrangement
  • 10% discount on hire of MCH venue facilities
  • advance notice of MCH activities via our newsletter

If you’d like to become a member of MCH you can download a membership form from the link below and email it to our office at or phone (02) 6295 9433.


About Manning Clark House

MCH Garden
MCH Garden

Manning Clark House & Gallery is a not-for-profit organisation supporting honest history, literature, culture and human rights.

We aim to promote and encourage vigorous discussion and debate on all issues of public and academic importance.

Manning Clark House & Gallery hosts public addresses, debates, forums, art exhibitions, book launches, poetry readings and other gatherings in the home of Manning and Dymphna Clark in Forrest, Canberra.

Fine artists, poets and scholars are appointed as residential fellows either through winning one of our prizes or scholarships, or on the basis of open application.

Manning Clark House & Gallery supports the Aboriginal community through our Indigenous fellowships.

We are funded by donations and membership fees, as well as grants from Melbourne University, the Australian National University, and philanthropic organisations.

We value our members, patrons and sponsors. As a non government organisation, who receives no ongoing government funding, we deeply appreciate donations and contributions from our membership.

Upload your research

Manning Clark House values scholarship in all fields. We know how difficult it can be to get your research disseminated as widely as we’d all like. So we provide a platform for academics who’d like to share their work. Just send your academic papers as an attachment to and we’ll upload them to our site. You can see a complete list of scholarly papers in our document archive (just hover your mouse over ‘about’)

The document archive is currently offline for updating. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Stay at MCH

Manning Clark House welcomes scholars (students and academics), writers, artists and members to stay at the House.

The house is situated in a large beautiful garden in one of Canberra’s most elite suburbs, Forrest, home to many diplomats. Shops, restaurants and cafes are just five minutes’ walk away and the city a 10 minute bus ride. It is also convenient to the National Library, the Archives, and the Australian National University. Manning Clark House has two twin bedrooms, with a shared bathroom.

Residents actually sleep in one of the bedrooms occupied by the Manning Clark children over the years and are able to use the rest of the house including Manning Clark’s study, where he wrote his definitive 6-volume History of Australia.

Residential visitors to the house self-cater in the kitchen facilities used by Dymphna Clark. Residents are welcome to invite guests into the home for meals or meetings. Tea, coffee and  light breakfast provisions are provided.

Several outside groups use the house during the week including a Latin American choir, a Spanish class and a book group. There are also frequent MCH Talks which residents are invited to attend as guests. One of Manning Clark’s sons, Sebastian Clark, who is President of MCH Inc, stays at the house regularly  –  if he’s around when you’re visiting he is able to give personal tours of the house and is a mine of information on all things Manning and Dymphna Clark!

Residents are also encouraged to give a talk to members on their topic of expertise.


  • $80 per night
  • $500 per week

Reduced rates for stays of one month or more. Discounts for members.

To book the room or for more information, please contact us.