Media release: Alphabetical Sydney
Hello and welcome, you’re in for a treat.
What will you find here, and who will you meet?
Ibises, bats and a prize-winning chook,
You’ll READ and INVESTIGATE, LISTEN, and LOOK.
Moreton Bay Figs, Mr Whippy ice-cream,
You’ll WRITE and COLLABORATE, DRAW and you’ll DREAM.
Pick up your Lab Kit, it’s time to begin.
Let’s get creative. Now won’t you come in?
Celebrating this wonderful city in all its diversity, Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab, opening at the Museum of Sydney, is a colourful, fun-filled, interactive experience for young and old where you can let your imagination run wild.
This bright, creative laboratory, full of the sights and sounds of Sydney, has been produced in collaboration with celebrated illustrator Antonia Pesenti and author Hilary Bell, creators of the best-selling book Alphabetical Sydney.
From icons to suburbs, through streets and loved places, Sydney is brought to life through a series of creative activities designed to capture your imagination and reveal the magic of the city.
A souvenir Lab Kit, specially created for this exhibition, leads visitors through the show using playful illustrations and rhyming verse. Come and investigate the clues in the mini museum, write your own verse in the poetry factory, experience the magic of Sydney at dusk or relax with a book under the canopy of a Moreton Bay fig tree. The sounds of the city in all their intensity and diversity are hidden throughout – deafening cicadas, clanging construction, an elephant’s trumpet from the zoo.
Budding artists and authors and anyone with a sense of fun and a capacity to dream will all enjoy.
Take the opportunity to write and draw your way through the city you love.
Armistice Day: ‘the bells are ringing’Friday 9 November 2018
In early November 1918, Australians knew that the end of World War I was imminent and that an armistice was about to be signed between Germany and the Allies. After some false reports and premature peace rejoicings, the armistice was finally signed in France at 5am on Monday 11 November and came into effect at 11am Paris time. Reverend Tom Thorburn, Presbyterian minister, described how events unfolded in a letter written a few days later to his sister Tot Thorburn at Meroogal in Nowra.