Matthew Stephens

House Music at Your House

Dr Matthew Stephens is research librarian at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection.  He is particularly fascinated by early book, musical instrument and sheet music collections in NSW and the stories they tell.

Studying singing at the Music Department, University of Sydney, Matthew has more recently led the interpretation of the history of domestic music in SLM’s house museums. Since 2015 he has been SLM’s representative in the Sound Heritage network (UK) and is a contributor and co-editor of the forthcoming book, ‘Sound Heritage: Making Music Matter in Historic Houses’ (Routledge). He has collaborated with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, on numerous projects including as convenor of SLM’s ‘Sound Heritage Sydney’, an international symposium held in 2017 exploring music in historic houses. In 2019, Matthew curated the Songs of Home exhibition at the Museum of Sydney, which examined the musical landscape of NSW during the first 70 years of European settlement.

Man in blue shirt.

Matthew Stephens. Photo © Noni Carroll for Sydney Living Museums