Darkness and Light at Elizabeth Bay House

 

As darkness fell last Friday evening, a gale rattling the shutters and boats rocking on the bay,  staff at Elizabeth Bay House were dimming the lights, laying fires in the grates and lighting candles from attic to cellar in preparation for a nightlight tour.

Led by guides holding candles aloft, guests on this sold-out tour were led all over the house from top to bottom, including some fascinating spaces not on general display. They heard stories of the many residents both grand and humble, and the ways that light and the means to produce it impacted on their daily lives.

At the conclusion of the tour, guests adjourned to the dining room, flickering with firelight and glittering with candles, reflected back down the table by the convex mirror at the end of the room, for a glass of wine, a selection of cheeses, and savoury pastries by artisanal baker Miss Lily’s Kitchen.

Nightlight tours are a hugely popular recurrent offering for Sydney Living Museums, not only at Elizabeth Bay House, but across many of our other properties, including Vaucluse House and Elizabeth Farm.  

Sign up to our eNews to stay in touch with our upcoming offerings, or consider becoming a member for advanced notice of popular programs, as well as discounted rates to special events, free general admission across our twelve houses and museums and much more!  

Elizabeth Bay House is open Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm. 

About the Author

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Karina Wright
Visitor Services Officer
Karina's first experience with Sydney Living Museums was at the tender age of eight, when she was asked to squeeze prophylactic lemon juice...

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