Unlocking Past Lives

How many of us have old family photographs filled with people and objects of the past? Some of the detail of these photographs can seem mysterious if not impenetrable to viewers in the 21st century.

Join Matthew Stephens, research librarian at the Caroline Simpson Library, as he uses the library’s specialist collection including rare books and journals, trade catalogues, wallpaper samples, historic textiles, and family archives to explore the contexts of a selection of historic family photographs.

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Design for frieze / by Ethel Atkinson

Creating Imagined Interiors

Join industry experts at the Caroline Simpson Library as they discuss different approaches to creating interiors for house museums and film and television productions

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

Vivienne Chaffer : Colour [interior design student workbook]

Experiencing a Technical Difficulty

Join Dr Catriona Quinn on a journey through Australia’s rich interior design heritage and a deep dive into the studios of design educators in Sydney in the 1940s, 50s and 60s