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


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17/HC008 HorticulturistFriday 26 May 2017

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Support us

Annual Appeal 2017Thursday 25 May 2017

We are delighted to announce our Annual Appeal 2017. SLM undertakes important conservation, management and restoration work across the portfolio of 12 properties. Gifts through the Annual Appeal will help us to undertaken projects we cannot otherwise afford to do.

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The Cook and the Curator

A bountiful harvest – this weekend!Thursday 25 May 2017

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Vaucluse House

Plaster remediation at Vaucluse HouseFriday 19 May 2017

For the next few weeks, the upper hall at Vaucluse House will look a bit like a Christo installation as we work to remediate plaster damage in Fitzwilliam’s room.

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Volunteer opportunity: Elizabeth Bay HouseThursday 18 May 2017