Reading the House Library
Hear from Dr Matthew Stephens, Research Librarian at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, as he shares stories and treasures from some of NSW’s most intriguing book collections.
Discover fascinating insights, including how many books made up the average 19th–century house library, the most popular titles and authors of the time and how a book that once belonged to the world’s first gothic novelist came to reside in our collection. Matthew will focus on the house libraries of Elizabeth Bay House and Throsby Park, Moss Vale.
The thousands of books in MHNSW’s historic houses provided entertainment, education, moral improvement and spiritual sustenance – and now offer intriguing and moving insights into the people who owned them
Talks & webinars
The many sources in the Caroline Simpson Library that can bring colour to the homes of past, with Matthew Stephens
A Parade of Animals in Nurseries, with Michael Lech
The self-help books of the 19th century, with Marina Grilanc
Colour in the Australian Home, with Michael Lech