Vaucluse House Appeal
As custodians of this significant heritage site, Sydney Living Museums is committed to ensuring visitors and school children can continue to experience Sydney’s history and cultural heritage as though they have lived it themselves. In 2016 we embark on two centenary projects.
Restoring grandeur – a refreshed drawing room
Achieving our fundraising target will enable us to restore the drawing room, last revived in 1981, to its original grandeur by replacing the tired crimson silk damask on the chairs and reinstalling the curtains that once hung on the windows. In doing this we will work with specialist tradespeople who keep traditional methods alive. Once complete it will once again represent one of the finest surviving colonial interiors in Australia.
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Sharing our knowlege - a new look orientation room
We would like to invest in a new permanent exhibit for the orientation room, not updated in over 20 years. The new display will incorporate rich curatorial content and digital displays, showcasing some of the finest treasures and eclectic items from the collection that are rarely seen. It will be carefully constructed by expert craftspeople to ensure a timeless display.
In this video, Visitor Services Coordinator Edward Champion shares his love of Vaucluse House and talks about the upgrade of the Orientation Room that we would like to bring to life in the next year.
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WHY ARE THESE PROJECTS IMPORTANT?
William C Wentworth played a critical role in developing democratic structures for NSW, including advocating and campaigning for a trial by jury and the right to vote; drafting the first constitution of New South Wales; and acting as an elected member of Australia’s first parliament. Yet William and Sarah, and their ten children, carried the stigma of their families’ convict pasts and struggled to gain acceptance in Sydney society. It is important we tell this story and make it available to as many people as possible.
WHY SUPPORT Sydney Living museums?
Sydney Living Museums assumed responsibility for Vaucluse House in 1981. For over 34 years we have cared for this highly significant house and grounds. Our curators and conservators have painstakingly researched the history of this place restoring it to the period when the Wentworth family called it home.
Our work is not possible without the support of donations, big and small. Donate today to help create a future for the past at Vaucluse House.