Winter Warmers at Elizabeth Bay House

 

It’s that time of year again! As winter rolls in at the end of this week, our curators are busily about the business of ‘wintering’ our houses.

At Elizabeth Bay House, this means eight fireplaces, newly dressed with fenders, fire tools and pole screens from our collection, painstakingly brushed up and carried down from their long summer storage in the attic.

As the temperatures drop and the days shorten, why not come by and see our cosy new arrangement for yourself?

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

Or if you’re really getting into the winter spirit, and fancy warming up by the fire in our grand dining room before watching the midwinter sunrise through the house, you may like to investigate our popular upcoming Winter Solstice Viewing events.

Read more about wintering at our houses.

 

  • Selection of fenders and other tools lit by sunlight from low narrow window.

    In the attic

  • Group of pokers, shovels and other metal fire tools.

    Fire tools

  • Person bending down to place fire tools inside fire place.

    In the principal bedroom

  • Sunlit room showing fireplace, with person placing objects.

    In the morning room

  • Fireplace set up for winter.

    Morning room fireplace

About the Author

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Karina Wright
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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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