Staying in touch with our Governors’ Circle


During the COVID-19 shutdown we found different ways to stay in touch with our valued supporters, through email communications and a dedicated area on our website. We also ‘met’ with some of our Governors’ Circle in two enjoyable and engaging online events.

A Thousand Words virtual tour 

In June, Governors’ Circle donors were invited to a special curator-led tour of the exhibition A Thousand Words via Zoom, before the Museum of Sydney reopened in July. Fourteen donors dialled in and were guided through the exhibition with the expertise of Dr Penny Stannard and Nerida Campbell. The curators shared their favourite photos and insights into the mysteries and social complexities behind the images. Donors were also invited to ask questions and share their own reactions to each intriguing image. 

A cooking masterclass at Vaucluse House 

Also in June, eight enthusiastic key supporters joined a bespoke cooking workshop (via Zoom) with Jacqui Newling, colonial gastronomer and author of Eat your history. Jacqui guided guests as they made treacle pudding in their home kitchens from an 1890s recipe, demonstrating each step from the colonial kitchen at Vaucluse House and imparting some of her vast culinary knowledge. The budding master chefs had been hand‑delivered all the cooking supplies for the pudding, including a fit-for-purpose ceramic bowl. After spending the morning preparing the pudding, each guest was able to share the results with their family. Many proudly shared photographs of their puddings with Jacqui after the event. Thank you to our Governors’ Circle members for joining us. 

Cooking materials supplied by hospitality partner Pearl Catering 

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    Image ATW038 from A Thousand Words.

    NSW State Archives

  • Pudding with slice cut out, viewed from above.

    The finished pudding.

    Photo Jacqui Newling © Sydney Living Museums

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Media release

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020 Winners’ AnnouncementWednesday 23 September 2020

The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize celebrates the creativity of female artists in NSW. The 2020 Winners were announced at a modest event at the Meroogal house museum.

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20/CUR003 Assistant Curator (Projects)Monday 21 September 2020

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Rouse Hill Estate

Play along with us: House Music at Your HouseMonday 17 August 2020

We invite you to join us in a new musical experiment, bringing the music of the 19th century into the 21st century. We’ve delved into the hundreds of popular songs that survive in the collection at Rouse Hill Estate and we’ve also asked some brilliant musicians to help you explore these pieces of music from their homes and in our historic houses.