One site, two worlds

 

New signage and interpretation at the Museum of Sydney, located on the site of the first Government House, is enhancing the cultural experience for visitors and strengthening ties with the rich Indigenous history of this place.

This is part of SLM’s new interpretation strategy, which focuses strongly on Indigenous perspectives of Australia’s first Government House, a site of early contact and the seat of British power for the first 57 years of the colony.

The new signage on First Government House Place (the museum’s forecourt), installed in November, helps visitors to navigate and interpret the site and its history from both a colonial and an Indigenous perspective, providing a two‑world view on the significance and impact of the first Government House. The speakers in the evocative site-specific artwork Edge of the trees have been upgraded, allowing visitors to once again enjoy the immersive aural experience of local Indigenous languages.

Inside the museum, we’re opening a new display on Saturday 24 November that presents indigenous reflections on the history of Sydney and colonisation.

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Volunteers

International Volunteer DayWednesday 5 December 2018

A huge thank you to our exceptional volunteers on International Volunteer Day! Every day you bring energy, dedication and a passion for sharing our heritage - we couldn’t do it without you!

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School holidays

Summer 2019: school holiday opening hoursTuesday 27 November 2018

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News

SLM farewellsTuesday 11 December 2018

Coloured illustration of ship in harbour with smaller boats being rowed to shore in foreground.

Hyde Park Barracks

Mandy Moore’s Hyde Park Barracks ancestorMonday 10 December 2018

Hyde Park Barracks is in the family history spotlight again, with the premiere of season 10 of the US series of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring American singer-songwriter and actress Mandy Moore.

Black and white photograph of two women in winter coats.

Museum of Sydney

Canberra Times: Walking the streets of the pastFriday 7 December 2018