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West Fest Heritage Festival. Credit: Bahram Mia

What's on - Bringing heritage to life!

Information about events, exhibitions and celebrations held by us and our network of industry partners.

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Sydney Open 2021

Friday, 12 November 2021

Explore Sydney's cultural and architectural heritage through Sydney Living Museums' blended program of online and unique outdoor experiences. Check out livestreamed panel talks, self-guided audio tours, podcasts, expert-led virtual tours of signifcant buildings and much, much more!

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National Archaeology Week 16 - 22 May

Sunday, 16 May 2021

National Archaeology Week aims to increase public awareness of Australian archaeology and the work of Australian archaeologists both at home and abroad, and to promote the importance of protecting Australia’s unique archaeological heritage. This year there will events both online and in-person. Check the website for details about events and exhibitions.

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Appin Massacre Memorial Service at Cataract Dam

Sunday, 18 April 2021

* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that the following message contains information which may cause distress*

This weekend we commemorate the Dharawal men, women and children whose lives were unjustly taken under orders from Governor Lachlan Macquarie, in what is known as the Appin Massacre of 1816. Each year the Winga Myamly Reconciliation Group, the Aboriginal community and supporting services invite all interested residents to attend a memorial service, and Campbelltown City Council also holds a memorial flag raising ceremony in remembrance. You are invited to remember the Dharawal First Peoples and acknowledge the impact this had and continues to have on the Aboriginal people of this land. We are deeply sorry. We will remember them.

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NSW Aboriginal Archaeology Future Forum

Friday, 26 March 2021

Registration is now open!
A free one-day forum on First Nations archaeology in NSW for Aboriginal community, archaeological consultants, heritage managers, researchers and students. The forum will have a focus on community and country, with a key aim to bring community aspirations regarding archaeological research to the fore. It will provide an opportunity to share knowledge; showcase current projects and achievements; and discuss aspirations for the future of archaeological conservation, research and heritage management.

Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology 50th Anniversary celebration event

Thursday, 26 November 2020

On the 26th November 2020, there will be an evening of celebrations to mark the 50 years of ASHA. Founding members, past and present presidents and committee members will speak, sharing the five decades of ASHA. The event will be online, with a small number of tickets allocated for physical attendance at the University of Sydney. To see the full schedule for the night and to join the celebrations register through Eventbrite

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Sydney Open 6-8 November 2020 - Sydney Living Museums

Friday, 6 November 2020

This year, Sydney Open is going digital, offering you a selection of curated online experiences around the key themes of City, Garden and Home.

Photo credit: Sydney Living Museums

History Week
History Week 5 – 13 September 2020

Friday, 4 September 2020

History Week is the annual, state-wide celebration of History organised by the History Council of New South Wales.
Launched on Friday 4 September at the NSW Premier’s History Awards, an event run in partnership with the State Library of NSW. A further feature event of History Week is the Annual History Lecture and Awards planned for the night of 8 September 2020. Overall, there will be close to 100 events being staged throughout NSW in History Week 2020.

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NSW Shipwrecks Stories

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Respected NSW diver, author and filmmaker Max Gleeson is currently undertaking filming work at the ss Catterthun 1895 shipwreck at Seal Rocks, NSW.

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24 June 2020 Event: Mark Dunn's new book, The Convict Valley.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Better Read Than Dead Event: Historian and Heritage Council of NSW Member, Mark Dunn has a new book out, The Convict Valley. It's an impeccably researched history that uncovers the rich and troubled colonial past behind the prosperous vineyards of today’s Hunter Valley. Mark appears in-conversation with fellow historian Paul Irish. Register Now.