Below you’ll find a changing selection of highlights from our collection and past exhibitions, plus fascinating stories and hands-on activities for your next crafternoon session.
We hope you will check in regularly to gain inspiration and discover something new.
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A Thousand Words
‘A picture tells a thousand words.’ This adage is the inspiration for an innovative exhibition, in which the public becomes the curator. A Thousand Words presents 100 of the most compelling photographic images from the rich collections of Sydney Living Museums and the State Archives and Records Authority of NSW, created between the 1880s and the 1980s. Discover more.
The Artist & the Botanical Collector: The lost works of Lovegrove & Bäuerlen
The exhibition tells the story of a collaboration between amateur artist Gertrude Lovegrove (1859-1961) and botanical collector William Bäuerlen (1840-1917) to produce a multi-part publication The wild flowers of New South Wales. Part 1 was published in a small print run in January 1891 but no other parts followed. In 2013 Sydney Living Museums acquired a collection of Lovegrove’s original watercolours for the publication and in the process uncovered a network of Shoalhaven connections between both the artist and the collector and the McKenzie and Thorburn families associated with SLM’s house museum Meroogal in Nowra. Discover more.
Work in Hand
In England in the 18th century the ability to write was a skill associated with the social elite or with young men trained as clerks for careers in commerce. Children of the working classes, on the other hand, might attend small village ‘dame schools’ or charity schools where writing was taught only when reading had been mastered – and often not at all. The elite had access to private tutors while clerks studied with a writing master, learning to write from copybooks by tracing and copying letters and writing aphorisms. Discover more.