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NSW State Library secures $15 million in private donations for new world-class galleries

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The State Library of NSW is on track to deliver the most exciting gallery experience in Sydney after securing over $15 million in private funding.

New world-class galleries and a premier learning centre will be established in the eastern wing of the Library’s historic Mitchell building in areas previously not open to the general public.

According to the Hon. George Souris AM, President of the Library Council of NSW: “Guided by our master plan, we’re renewing the iconic Mitchell building and activating its heritage spaces to ensure all visitors have the opportunity to access and enjoy the much-loved Sydney landmark and its extraordinary cultural collection.”

To be known as the Michael Crouch Galleries, the Library’s new gallery experience will stretch across the entire first floor of the Mitchell building to highlight the glorious architectural features in this awe-inspiring space.

“We’re almost doubling our gallery spaces by renewing the current galleries in the western wing of the Mitchell building to complement the new galleries that are being created in the eastern wing,” said acting NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive, Lucy Milne.

“Set to open in early 2018, the Michael Crouch Galleries will be a major attraction for local and international visitors looking for a unique cultural experience that they are unlikely to find anywhere else in Sydney,” Ms Milne said.

The Library’s master plan incorporates the John B Fairfax Learning Centre which will provide an engaging, digitally rich, hands-on learning environment for school students, teachers and families.

The State Library announced its master plan, developed in collaboration with HASSELL, in June 2016. The Library has been working closely with the Heritage Council of NSW and expert heritage consultants to ensure the Mitchell building’s heritage features are preserved and restored.

For more information about the State Library’s master plan, visit: www.sl.nsw.gov.au/ourvision