Heritage in the City's Future


Sydney Living Museums’ Director, Strategy & Engagement Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon, and Director, Heritage & Collections Ian Innes, were recently invited to contribute to The Sydney Culture Essays published by The Committee for Sydney. 

The Sydney Culture Essays capture the thinking of some of the leading voices in Sydney’s cultural life, teasing out the debates and conversations shaping Sydney’s cultural landscape, navigating the role of culture for Sydneysiders and communicating our identity and potential to the world.

Caroline and Ian’s essay examines the importance of heritage in Sydney’s future.  Other essayists include Sydney Festival Artistic Director Wesley Enoch, MCA Director Elizabeth Ann MacGregor, Director of Carriageworks Lisa Havilah, art collector and patron John Kaldor AO, and artist Abdul Abdullah.

The publication was recently launched in Sydney by the NSW Premier, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP.

Read the essay Heritage in the City's Future.

Find out more about The Sydney Culture Essays


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.