Playing our song

Making music at Sydney Living Museums

Music offers a unique window into our past, and the stories and collections of Sydney Living Museums’ properties contain compelling clues about the music played and enjoyed by earlier generations.

A large collection of rare sheet music lies waiting to be discovered in the cupboards and piano stools of our historic houses, while instruments sit silently in testament to their distant noisy past. Like today, music in the home was an important form of entertainment, a way of enacting social order and a tool for maintaining cultural connectedness.

Through exciting new research, performance and online initiatives we are reviving lost musical soundscapes for modern audiences as well as exploring the idea of ‘home’ and ‘place’ through the lens of music.

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The collections

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SLM’s sheet music collections are being progressively catalogued by the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection and are available on its electronic catalogue.

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Digitised sheet music and manuscripts

A selection of domestic sheet music and music manuscripts from the collections of Sydney Living Museums’ historic house museums and Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection has been digitised and is now available through our SLM page on the Internet Archive.

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