The support of the Sydney Living Museums Foundation and generous donors is removing barriers to education for disadvantaged students.

During 2018–19, the SLM Foundation proudly supported a travel subsidy to enable students from disadvantaged NSW Government schools to attend exciting and innovative curriculum-based programs at SLM houses and museums. Education is a key focus for SLM, and the Foundation provided $50,000 in funding towards the travel subsidy incentive. The subsidy is available for students from both primary and secondary schools and provides important assistance.

Experience & Learning staff at SLM have worked with teachers to identify the barriers to accessing heritage and cultural experiences for their students. Travel is one of the main barriers for regional and rural schools, representing a substantial cost for the schools and reducing their participation. At our houses and museums, students attend a number of curriculum‑based programs for stages 1–4. These range from investigating the role of artists in the early colonial period to learning about archaeology, the impact of the colonial expansion of NSW on the environment and First Peoples, and life in a stately house in the 19th century. The SLM Foundation recognises the importance of connecting our students to the past, and this significant funding ensures that we can continue to bring students to participate in educational experiences at our unique sites.

Annual Appeal 2019

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Annual Appeal 2019. We were delighted to see so many members supporting our appeal this year. We raised over $115,000 for heritage conservation, education, and the Sound Heritage project to digitise, document and interpret our historical sheet music collection. It’s your generosity that helps us to provide outstanding public programs and exhibitions and conserve our houses and museums. As custodians of our beautiful places for future generations, we warmly welcome your support today.

This year we’ll be continuing to raise funds to support heritage conservation and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum renewal project. If you would like to discuss a gift to SLM, email and we’ll contact you for a confidential discussion.

Heritage matters and so does your support. Thank you.


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Update on COVID-19Monday 16 March 2020

In response to recent developments with COVID-19, Sydney Living Museums is closing all historic houses and museums effective Tuesday 24 March until further notice. Click here for further information about the potential impact of COVID-19.

Pomelo + Co Launches meal boxes and ready-made meals


Pomelo + Co launches ready-made meals Tuesday 31 March 2020

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Hyde Park Barracks

Hyde Park Barracks: keeper of lost thingsFriday 6 March 2020

At the heart of the new visitor experience at the Hyde Park Barracks is the museum’s internationally significant archaeology collection.

Shoes, handkerchief, cap (stamped with HPA, for Hyde Park Asylum, and broad arrow), bodice and apron worn by asylum inmates.

International Women's Day

Women's stories, women's livesFriday 6 March 2020

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Hyde Park Barracks

Conserving Australia's oldest clockFriday 6 March 2020

On its 200th anniversary, Australia’s oldest surviving public clock received some much-needed conservation and care.