Members exhibition floor talk: Songs of Home

Join exhibition curator Dr Matthew Stephens, with special guest Professor Jeanice Brooks, for a fascinating discussion and preview of Songs of Home.

The exhibition will connect audiences to personal stories, historical objects and ideas of ‘home’ and ‘place’ through the lens and sound of music. You’ll discover the musical world of the 18th and 19th centuries in Australia and explore history through music.

Among the many exceptional objects on display are Jane Austen’s manuscript music volumes. Professor Jeanice Brooks was tasked with personally chaperoning these on the flight to Sydney from the UK.


Professor Jeanice Brooks

Jeanice Brooks is Professor of Music at the University of Southampton (UK). She is co-founder of the Sound Heritage Network, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain, and director of the Austen Family Music Books digitisation project. She has worked extensively on the musical history and interpretation of National Trust houses, as well as independent and privately owned historic houses. Her scholarly research includes articles on music, collection and display in 18th- and 19th-century domestic settings.

Dr Matthew Stephens

Dr Matthew Stephens is Research Librarian at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums. He commenced his tertiary studies at the music department of the University of Sydney, followed by library studies and a doctorate in Australian library history. Matthew leads a project which involves evaluating, cataloguing and digitising sheet music collections held in SLM’s historic house museums and promoting their performance. In 2016, SLM was awarded the National Trust Heritage Award for Research and Investigation for the Elizabeth Bay House ‘Lost’ Library Project, which had derived from Matthew’s doctoral research. Always keen to explore the intangible heritage of SLM’s historic houses, Matthew looks forward to sharing more of our fascinating reading and music-making history. 

‘The Sharp family’ (detail), Johan Joseph Zoffany, 1779–81. Private collection; on loan to the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Member: $5
Member’s Guest: $15

When & Where

Friday 9 August 2019 2PM–3PM

Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Museum: 02 9251 5988

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