Sound Heritage Sydney: Making Music in Historic Places
Have you ever wondered about how music was made in the Australian homes of the past? What music was popular, who played it and how was it played? Having pondered these questions for some time, Sydney Living Museums and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music invited a range of experts from across Australia, the UK, and New Zealand to participate in a symposium at Elizabeth Bay House to explore the history of music making in the Australian home and its international contexts.
Sound Heritage Sydney brought together musicians, scholars and heritage practitioners to discuss what and how music was played in historic houses and at other historic sites. The forum was also interested in uncovering innovative ways music can be used to reveal new narratives in historic properties for contemporary visitors.
Sydney Living Museums is the Australian partner of the British-based Sound Heritage network, co-founded by Professor Jeanice Brooks, University of Southampton, and Jonathan Wainwright, University of York, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK). Launched in 2015, Sound Heritage is an international network that is seeking a richer understanding of how music functioned in the life of historic houses in the 18th and 19th centuries. SLM is one of three international partners along with representatives from the US and Ireland who have participated with our British counterparts in a series of three study days in England. SLM was invited to join Sound Heritage in recognition of our contribution, led by the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, towards a better understanding of domestic music making in colonial NSW and further afield.
Symposium Videos and Abstracts
- Musical Soundscapes in the Historic House Museum - Professor Jeanice Brooks, University of Southampton
- Curating the Colonial Musical Museum - Dr Graeme Skinner, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney
- Music from Home: Sydney Living Museums' Sheet Music Collections and the Scots in Australia - Dr Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, University of Glasgow
- The Dowling Songbook Project: Making Music Matter at Elizabeth Bay House - Dr Matthew Stephens, Sydney Living Museums
- Listening to the Past - Performing the Past: Restoring the Voices of Lanyon Homestead, Mugga Mugga and Calthorpes' House - Dr Jennifer Gall, Australian National University
- Silence and Listening: An Introduction to The Sounds and Music Collection of Rouse Hill Estate, 1813-1980s - Nicole Forsyth, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney
- Words and Music: Symposium Concert - see concert program for details and Videos & Abstracts page for performance videos
- Rediscovering Dance and Dance Music in Historic English Houses - Dr Katrina Faulds, University of Southampton
- Dancing in Fetters: The Culture of Convict Dance - Heather Clarke, Queensland University of Technology
- Pleasure Garden: Listening Through Time - Dr Genevieve Lacey, performer and artistic director
- Closing comments - Ian Innes, Director Heritage & Collections, Sydney Living Museums