Discover SLM

Sydney Living Museums has plenty to offer online, with a wealth of stories and visual content for you to peruse along with useful resources for learning at home.

Find a weekly summary of what’s new across our channels, look up activities to do at home with the family, including in the kitchen and the garden, explore our properties and our collections, and settle in for some good long reads.

This week’s focus:

Find out more about beautiful Vaucluse House. Explore the life that explorer, barrister and politician William Charles Wentworth, his wife Sarah and their ten children enjoyed in this picturesque, stately 19th century mansion with its magnificent formal rooms, ornate interiors and stunning surrounding estate grounds. 

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This week:

 

Story

Vaucluse House: a brief history 

‘There is not a lovelier site in the known world’, wrote the Sydney-born barrister and novelist John Lang about the Wentworth family’s estate of Vaucluse.

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Collection

Chinese tiles 

In the collection at Vaucluse House a handful of decorative green glazed perforated tiles, or blocks, survive as orphaned relics of 19th century garden ornament on the estate.

Read more

Activity

Old-fashioned lemonade

Make some of your own cooling lemonade for those hot summer days.

See recipe  

Recipe

Pineapple and melon jam

What happens when you partner the ‘King of Fruits’ with a ‘rogue melon’? A delicious marriage of flavour and texture.

See recipe

Online puzzles

Get puzzling

Take a moment to relax and recharge with one of our online puzzles featuring our beautiful collections and museums. 

Explore puzzles

 

Gardens

Prickly Pear

One of the most interesting plants growing at Vaucluse House today is the Prickly Pear. This curious succulent had a variety of uses for the early colonists in Sydney.

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Conservation

Vaucluse House turrets

Standing approximately 30 metres above ground level, the beautiful corner turrets atop Vaucluse House have recently undergone stabilisation and conservation work. 

Read more

Artist in Resident

Dr Lisa Cooper

Find out more about our first artist in residence, Dr Lisa Cooper, a Sydney-based artist and florist.

Read on


 

Online shop

Spring Harvest Book Bundle
$79.99
Backyard Bees
$35.00
Vaucluse House Honey by The Urban Beehive
$14.00
Robert Gordon Market Basket
$44.00

 

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Latest news

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Sydney Open

Meet our patron and ambassadorsFriday 16 October 2020

Meet our Sydney Open patron and ambassadors showcasing expertise across our key themes of city, garden and home. 

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Employment

20/DIR002 Executive AssistantFriday 16 October 2020

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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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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.