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.
WW1: stories from our museums
Often poignant and sometimes heartbreaking, the stories reveal combatants, pacifists, patriotic fundraisers and anti-war activists, explore broader narratives of patriotism and expressions of jingoism, and touch on the aftermath of war and the memorialisation of those who enlisted.
Read the stories behind our current Street Photography exhibition and learn more about the remarkable acquisition of a collection of 5000 street snaps which provides a lively and revealing record of one Sydney street in 1950 and offers a rare glimpse through the street photographer’s lens.
The Cook & the Curator
For years we’ve enjoyed sharing our kitchens and vegie gardens and running special food programs for children and adults alike. The Cook and the Curator blog is just one way we’ll share our stories, places and recipes with you – so look out for upcoming events and programs.
Plant your history
From basic plant information, gardening techniques and tips, through historic versus contemporary understanding of gardens, to what’s currently in bloom at our sites, they have plenty of insights for you.
Mid Century Modern
Rose Seidler House, built by Harry Seidler between 1948 and 1950 is regarded as an iconic example of Modernist domestic architecture in Australia. The house is in excellent condition, and retains many of its original features, including original furniture sourced by Harry Seidler in 1948 or designed specifically for the interiors – such as the hovering sideboard designed by Paul Kafka for the living room.
The Woolshed: a rude timber building
The Woolshed at Rouse Hill Estate, constructed c. 1858, is an example of the type of ‘rude’ timber farm buildings that can be found throughout rural Australia. These building are usually uncomplicated structures, built using materials readily available and often have a naïve, simple character.
Sydney Children's Choir performs a forgotten song at Rouse Hill Estate
On a warm summer morning, long before any of us had heard of COVID-19, Lyn Williams, artistic director of the Sydney Children’s Choir, and associate artistic director Sam Allchurch sifted through some of the early 19th-century music scores at Sydney Living Museums, and now you can watch the result.
Looking forward to a bold future
In his first 12 months as Executive Director of both Sydney Living Museums and its partner agency, NSW State Archives, Adam Lindsay has overseen remarkable achievements and unprecedented challenges. He sets out his vision for the year ahead, with a particular focus on creative and community partnerships.