Animals in our Houses

A Parade of Animals in Nurseries, with Michael Lech

By the mid-19th century, rooms in the home were often set aside specially for children, not just for sleeping but also learning and play.

Furnishings designed for these rooms helped to create the right atmosphere of beauty, instruction or fun. One of the most common decorative and instructional themes involved animals or parades of animals that appeared on almost every conceivable furnishing: wallpapers, murals, fabrics, floor coverings. Take a journey through the children’s nursery with items from our Caroline Simpson Collection and watch the parade over time.

Talks & webinars

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Vivienne Chaffer : Colour [interior design student workbook]

Phyllis Shillito and her colour curriculum 1945–1979

This event focused on the colour curriculum of pioneering Sydney-based colour designer and educator Phyllis Shillito (1895–1980) of the 1940s to the 1970s

Watercolour of a group of people landing ashore

The Extraordinary Story of Rose de Freycinet

Hear the story of Rose de Freycinet, the first woman to write an account of a global circumnavigation, with Suzanne Falkiner

A colour chart of ready-mixed paints

Historic colour in the home

The many sources in the Caroline Simpson Library that can bring colour to the homes of past, with Matthew Stephens