Secondary-school curricula of all states and territories and the emerging national curriculum have guided our selection of records to include in Vrroom. Around 290 records have been selected in partnership with The Learning Federation (TLF).

Sometimes we choose records for their historical significance, such as the draft Constitution of 1891, annotated in 1897 by Edmund Barton, who went on to become Australia's first prime minister. And sometimes we choose records because they are quirky or iconic, such as the copyright application for Mr Squiggle. We also respond to current issues by including records with historical resonance. For example, the May Gibbs drawing for a public health poster resonates with 21st-century concerns over new strains of influenza.

You are most welcome to request a record to include in Vrroom. But it has to be a record that is in the collection, or a topic on which there are records in the collection. If you're not sure, you could explore the National Archives main collection database, RecordSearch.

There are many sources of evidence of history, and it is a good idea to explore beyond as well as within Vrroom. Good history is written from various sources – the more varied your evidence, the stronger your case will be.