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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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.
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.
Make some of your own cooling lemonade for those hot summer days.
Pineapple and melon jam
What happens when you partner the ‘King of Fruits’ with a ‘rogue melon’? A delicious marriage of flavour and texture.
Take a moment to relax and recharge with one of our online puzzles featuring our beautiful collections and museums.
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.
Vaucluse House turrets
Standing approximately 30 metres above ground level, the beautiful corner turrets atop Vaucluse House have recently undergone stabilisation and conservation work.
Artist in Resident
Dr Lisa Cooper
Find out more about our first artist in residence, Dr Lisa Cooper, a Sydney-based artist and florist.
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.
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.