Protecting National Historic Sites Programme


In June 2015, Sydney Living Museums (SLM) received Federal Government grant funding of $1.85M through the Protecting National Historic Sites Programme (PNHS) to undertake a range of projects 

These projects are taking place at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks (PNHS-7), and the nationally listed site of First Government House (PNHS-11) - where the Museum of Sydney is situated.

The PNHS grant funding is a three year programme, starting  in the 2014/15 financial year and running until the end of the 2016/17 financial year. We are on-target with programme delivery and total grant expenditure of $252,369 in its second year, the 2015/16 financial year.

The projects in progress include: audience research; new conservation management plans; new interpretation master-planning; detailed design; and renewed site interpretation works. 

The key achievements for PNHS 2015/16 were:

  • Audience Research Stage 1 – Final Report by Morris Hargreaves McIntyre (May 2016) is complete. The report documents the qualitative and quantitative audience research, audience forums, and front-end evaluation together with results from visitor intercept surveys (exit & on-street). The research provides valuable audience insights being incorporated by the interpretative designers for both Hyde Park Barracks Museum and site of First Government House.
  • Conservation Management Plans (CMP) - Consultant heritage planners have been appointed in March 2016 to prepare CMPs including:  LSJ Heritage Planning & Architecture for Hyde Park Barracks; and GML Heritage for site of First Government House.  Stakeholder Consultation Findings for both CMPs are complete with over 40 attendees in May 2016 from interest groups, museum users, academics, historians, archaeologists, heritage architects, state and local government. The forums were a success in understanding stakeholder’s interest in these nationally significant sites.
  • Interpretation Masterplans – Interpretive designers HAY|HEBBLETHWAITE and Architects JPW have been appointed to prepare Masterplans to take a new look at the presentation, interpretive and education experiences of both Hyde Park Barracks Museum and the site of First Government House, expanding the experience of the places as a nationally significant sites and capturing the audience’s imagination on arrival to both museums.
  • Content Development Think-Tank Workshop for HPBM - this was held on 8 June 2016 with both David Hebblethwaite and Chris Hay as experienced facilitators of HAY|HEBBLETHWAITE. They led over 40 internal and external stakeholders in workshopping the key messages, stories, values, events that have shaped the history of the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. The workshop was a success with valuable input and outcomes.


The Sydney Culture Essays media launch with Premier Gladys Berejiklian

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Heritage in the City's FutureFriday 21 April 2017

Circular badge with 5 pointed star motif with letters ANZAC on each point.


WW1 stories from our museumsThursday 20 April 2017

To mark the 1914–18 centenary of World War 1, Sydney Living Museums has developed a special mini-website exploring the wartime engagement of individual men and women associated with our historic places.

Rows of jars of pickles on shelves.

The Cook and the Curator

Marmalade: preserving the past at Vaucluse HouseThursday 20 April 2017

Close up of crack in blue edged white plate.

The Cook and the Curator

Smashing!Thursday 13 April 2017

Two people painting wooden verandah posts with street in background.

Justice & Police Museum

Finishing the interiors at Justice & Police MuseumWednesday 12 April 2017

Get a glimpse of the recent works at the museum, including timber repairs, painting, french polishing, and sandstone cleaning.