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At the moment it seems like the whole world is at home! But that doesn't mean you have to miss out on what Sydney Living Museums has to offer, with a wealth of stories and visual content for you to peruse along with useful resources for learning at home.

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:

With a flavourful feast of stories about food and cooking across our museums and historic houses, we invite you to sink your teeth into some of our favourite recipes and stories in our celebration of food this week!

Executive Director Adam Lindsay invites you to support our Annual Appeal



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Photo © Jacqui Newling for Sydney Living Museums

A treasure trove of cookery books

Through most of the nineteenth century, Rouse Hill House was the social hub of the district. Discover some of the Rouse family's surviving cookery books dating between 1850s and the 1950s.

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Photo © Stuart Miller for Sydney Living Museums

Curious kitchen object

Can you guess what this curious kitchen object would have been used for?  



Photo Fiona Brell © Sydney Living Museums

Kids in the kitchen

Check our our wonderful range of kid-friendly recipes that delighted families for generations! 

Start baking!


Photo © Jacqui Newling for Sydney Living Museums

Baked carrot pudding

Treat yourself to this delicious baked carrot pudding, a much-loved recipe in Emma Rouse's 1863 edition of The book of household management.

Start cooking!


Online puzzles

NSW Police Forensic Photography Archive, Justice and Police Museum

Online jigsaw puzzles

Take a moment to relax and recharge with one of our online puzzles featuring our beautiful collections and museums. 

Explore puzzles


Photo Stuart Miller © Sydney Living Museums

The convicts’ vegetable garden

According to Governor Macquarie’s Government and General Orders, 1st May, 1819, it was intended that convicts would raise their own vegetables in a dedicated kitchen garden.



Image © Hyde Park Barracks Museum collection, HPB2003/22

What did the convicts eat?

Discover the types of food the convicts living at the Hyde Park Barracks would’ve eaten.

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Photo © Toby Burrows for Sydney Living Museums

Artist in Residence

To celebrate our first artist in residence at The Mint, Dr Lisa Cooper, we’re excited to launch our #InspiredByNature competition for your chance to win a custom-made floral artwork by Dr Lisa Cooper.

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Online exhibitions

Photo © Nicholas Watt for Sydney Living Museums 

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020

Sydney Living Museums is excited to announce that entries are now open for the 2020 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, with a prize pool of over $10,000.

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Photo © State Archives & Records

A Thousand Words exhibition

‘A picture tells a thousand words.’ This adage is the inspiration for an innovative new exhibition we've just launched in which the public becomes the curator.

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Eat Your History book

Enjoyed these stories and recipes? Discover forgotten tastes and treasures from our historic kitchens in the delightful Eat your history book by Jacqui Newling. Visually rich and featuring over 40 recipes, the book dishes up stories and recipes from Australian kitchens and dining rooms from 1788 up to the 1950s.

For a limited time, receive an exclusive Susannah Place tea towel valued at $9.95 when you purchase our Eat your history book $49.99, shipping additional.

SLM members receive a 10% discount, shipping additional.


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20/HC050 Heritage Project ManagerThursday 28 May 2020

Visitor experience at the Hyde Park Barracks


Sydney Living Museums to reopen from 1 JuneThursday 21 May 2020

Sydney Living Museums is delighted to announce we are reopening our museums and historic houses, with the safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff our main priority.

Door knocker on the front door of Meroogal


Annual Appeal 2020Monday 4 May 2020

To help us continue our important work, we invite you to support Sydney Living Museums through the Annual Appeal 2020.

Eat Your History publication photography at Vaucluse House


Q&A: Jacqui NewlingWednesday 27 May 2020

Join Jacqui Newling, Assistant curator, colonial gastronomer, author of our Eat your history book and 'the cook' in the Cook & Curator blog as we ask her about some of her favourite recipes from across our museums and historic house collections.

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Dr Jack Mundey AO (1929-2020)Tuesday 12 May 2020

Jack Mundey, Chair of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW (Sydney Living Museums) from 1995-2001, has died aged 90. He was as committed to ‘the workers’ as he was to our historic sites, and is fondly remembered by all who knew him.