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.

Children in uniform gathered around a glass topped display table.

Learning

Not your average classroomTuesday 24 September 2019

From playing Victorian children’s games to making ‘convict’ bricks, the Experience & Learning Team deliver inspiring and fun educational experiences at eight of our 12 historic places.

Three primary school students dressed as convicts holding armfuls of plastic bricks outside two storey brick building.

Foundation

Thank you to SLM FoundationTuesday 24 September 2019

Children peering through a window at Rouse Hill Farm

School holidays

Spring School Holidays 2019: opening hoursMonday 23 September 2019

Group of people around table with glass wall to rear.

Learning

Raising the prominence of Aboriginal perspectivesThursday 12 September 2019

With federal funding assistance, the Learning Team have seen a number of successes in in their efforts to raise the prominence of Aboriginal perspectives related to the site of first Government House.

Decorative collage of several Sydney Open Focus Tour buildings.

Sydney Open

Sydney Open Focus Tours Sneak PeekFriday 6 September 2019