About the Foundation
Why do we need philanthropic support?
Sydney Living Museums is the State’s most active and experienced heritage institution and the Foundation plays a crucial role in helping SLM to engage with those who have a passion for the outstanding work done by SLM in maintaining, interpreting and managing NSW heritage sites.
Donations and financial gifts help us to invest in our 12 historic houses and museums, grow our collections and preserve the heritage and history of colonial Australia. Sydney Living Museums connects our past, present and future through our historic and heritage houses and museums, not only showcasing an historic sense of place, but being part of a contemporary and vibrant future. Funds raised by the Foundation are applied to different purposes including:
- Specific projects to maintain and interpret the 12 heritage houses and museums, for example, the replacement of the 19th century drapery at Vaucluse House.
- Acquisition of important and rare items for collections.
- Acquisition and support for the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Australia’s leading research collection of the history of the Australian house, interiors and gardens. The Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection was made possible through an extraordinarily generous gift by her four children.
- Unique research projects - for example, The Dowling Music Project.
- Education programs - for example, Unlocking Heritage.
- Exhibitions and public programs.
If you would like to find out more about how you can support Sydney Living Museums in a variety of ways, please call our Head of Development and Fundraising, Joy England +612 8239 2433 or email email@example.com
Edward Simpson (Chair)
Reformed lawyer, actor, pianist, and investor
Edward Simpson (BA, LLB Syd Uni) has been an active member of the Sydney Living Museums Foundation since 2008, firstly as a committee member and now as Chair.
A trained lawyer, Edward has also worked professionally as an actor and musician, occasional film producer, and now investor. With his three siblings, Edward donated his mother, Caroline Simpson’s remarkable collection of early Australiana to Sydney Living Museums in 2015.
This generous gift has served as the cornerstone for establishing Australia’s leading interiors and gardens library and is named the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, in her memory, recognising the importance of the gift by her children.
Edward shares his passion for the preservation, conservation, curation and dissemination of Australia’s cultural history and heritage, through his role as Chair of Foundation, A strong advocate for Sydney Living Museums, Edward proudly works with donors and partners to educate, share and promote the important work of Sydney Living Museums.
Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Sydney
The most recent member of the SLM Foundation Board, Sian has extensive knowledge in the global financial markets, combined with strong strategic and development skills. Sian’s desire to work with SLM is reflected in her commitment and interest in the history and heritage development of Australia.
Michael Rose, AM
Lawyer and the former Chief Executive Partner of Allens
Michael is a lawyer by background and the Chairman of a number of government, arts and not-for-profit organisations including the Committee for Sydney and ChildFund Alliance. He is active in Indigenous affairs, being a member of the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition and a Board member of various organisations focused on welfare reform, economic development and education in Indigenous communities. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Principal of Fourfold Design
Member of the Foundation since 2016, Susannah is passionate about architecture, heritage and design. Principal of Fourfold Design, Susannah also has a Master of Architecture focused on Sustainable Architecture from Sydney University. Susannah brings a wealth of knowledge and a clear passion for the work of SLM, and generously shares her expertise and knowledge with SLM supporters.
Simon has been a member of the Foundation since 2013 and his quiet support through his extensive knowledge of corporate law and strong background in running complex commercial cases, understanding of statutory obligations on directors and governance responsibilities combined with his regard for heritage, has been most valuable in his work with SLM Foundation.
Foundation Emeritus Council
Company director, Beat Knoblauch & Associates
Clive Lucas OBE
Heritage architect & director, Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners
Prof Howard Tanner
Architect and director, Tanner Architects