Curious Caledonians in Conversation at the Mint

 

On 11 June donors were treated to a special behind-the-scenes event in the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, as part of the Sound Heritage Project.

Guests heard from leading Scottish music experts Dr David McGuinness and Dr Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, in conversation with Dr Matthew Stephens. The fascinating talk highlighted SLM’s unique collection of Scottish sheet music, the importance of playing and interpreting the music, and how this music helps SLM create a strong understanding of place and people in history.

Guests were also able to view a selection of rare Scottish sheet music, first hand thanks to Megan Martin, Head of Collections and Access, as well as hear about the importance of the sheet music collection which includes:

• Publications dating from the late 18th century
• Australia’s earliest surviving settler composition
• Australia’s earliest known collection of sheet music bound in Sydney (c1840)
• Previously unknown surviving examples of Australian and British Compositions

The event is part of an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise 400k for the Sound Heritage project, to conserve, document, digitise and interpret our historical sheet music collection for local, national and international audiences.

 

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Foundation

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.

Visitor experience at the Hyde Park Barracks

News

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.

Painting of man with silver hair and glasses, in white shirt with sleeves rolled up, looking directly at painter.

 

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.

Mural depicting arrival of convicts on right with prison hulk back in England on left.

Hyde Park Barracks

The extraordinary life of William BuchananTuesday 5 May 2020

Read the story of a Jamaican rebel who escaped from the Hyde Park Barracks.

Dr Lisa Cooper in her studio at The Mint.

 

The Mint's First Resident ArtistWednesday 22 April 2020

We're thrilled to announce Dr Lisa Cooper as the first Resident Artist and ambassador based at The Mint.