Last month we welcomed donors and guests to the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection for Harp of Gold, a special behind-the-scenes event as part of our Sound Heritage project.

Guests were treated to a performance by classically trained Scottish harpist Karen Hickmott, playing a selection of songs from SLM’s important 18th- and 19th-century sheet music collection.

Guests enjoyed hearing the sheet music collection brought to life through Karen Hickmott and Research Librarian Dr Matthew Stephens's selection of work by 19th-century harpists Jean Elouis and Nicholas Charles Bochsa. Guests were also able to view the sheet music collection firsthand, thanks to Megan Martin, Head of Collection & Access. A further connection is that Jean Elouis's son, Charles Elouis, was the Deputy Master of the Mint.

The event is part of a fundraising campaign to raise $400,000 in support of the work of documenting, digitising, researching and interpreting SLM’s historic sheet music collection.

Harp of Gold event in the Caroline Simpson Library

Harp of Gold event in the Caroline Simpson Library.

Photo © Kate Sheaffe for Sydney Living Museums

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20/HC050 Heritage Project ManagerThursday 28 May 2020

Visitor experience at the Hyde Park Barracks


Sydney Living Museums to reopen from 1 JuneThursday 21 May 2020

Sydney Living Museums is delighted to announce we are reopening our museums and historic houses, with the safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff our main priority.

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Annual Appeal 2020Monday 4 May 2020

To help us continue our important work, we invite you to support Sydney Living Museums through the Annual Appeal 2020.

Eat Your History publication photography at Vaucluse House


Q&A: Jacqui NewlingWednesday 27 May 2020

Join Jacqui Newling, Assistant curator, colonial gastronomer, author of our Eat your history book and 'the cook' in the Cook & Curator blog as we ask her about some of her favourite recipes from across our museums and historic house collections.

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Dr Jack Mundey AO (1929-2020)Tuesday 12 May 2020

Jack Mundey, Chair of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW (Sydney Living Museums) from 1995-2001, has died aged 90. He was as committed to ‘the workers’ as he was to our historic sites, and is fondly remembered by all who knew him.