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.

 

Buy the album
$19.99

SIDA catalogue 1955

Collections

SIDA Archive At CSL&RCWednesday 4 March 2020

The papers of the Society of Interior Designers of Australia (SIDA), 1963-2016, are now available at the CSL&RC. Discover more through the SIDA Finding Aid available online.

Older woman in front of exhibition display.

Exhibition

Family connectionMonday 2 March 2020

One of the first visitors to our new interactive family exhibition at the Museum of Sydney had a more personal connection than most.

Visitors reading label in front of vehicles on display.

Collections

Uncover the collection: Museums Discovery CentreMonday 2 March 2020

With free entry every weekend, interactive and educational programs for children of all ages during the school holidays, community events throughout the year, and a range of tours available, the Museums Discovery Centre (MDC) offers something for everyone!

Man with artwork of gravel in shapes of broad arrow and emu prints on darker gravel with barracks window behind.

 

Q&A: Jonathan JonesMonday 2 March 2020

The artist’s major new installation at the Hyde Park Barracks inspires visitors to consider the dual history of this important site.

Scan from photo print

Hyde Park Barracks

Rats the 'first curators' at Hyde Park Barracks: ABC NewsThursday 20 February 2020