What's On

Date range
Types
Series

Past All previous events

Silents in the Library: Chicago

Sunday 19 November 2017 - 2pm to 4pm

Like the musical Chicago that won the Best Picture Academy Award and five other Oscars in 2002, this original 1927 version is a terrifically entertaining mix of humour and melodrama.

Botanical Inspirations

Friday 17 November 2017 to Sunday 28 January 2018

On show in the Amaze Gallery, a selection of works related to artist Ferdinand Bauer.

Medical Sydney

Thursday 16 November 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Take a medical history tour of Sydney from the First Fleet to the beginnings of the twentieth century.

Curator’s Choice: The Birds

Wednesday 15 November 2017 - 6pm to 7:30pm

Curator Elise Edmonds will talk about and show examples of the Library’s beautiful bird illustrations from the early 19th century through to recent acquisitions of artworks produced by contemporary artists.

Sydney PEN: Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Wednesday 15 November 2017 - 6pm to 8pm

On this year’s Day of The Imprisoned Writer, award-winning cartoonist Cathy Wilcox will turn her attention to those less-common practitioners of freedom of expression: cartoonists.

Cathy Wilcox will speak of specific examples of cartoonists and artists whose freedom is currently threatened, their value as an indicator for the health of democracy, and of the range of views on what they should be “allowed” to say.

Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Where Australia Collides with Asia

Wednesday 15 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ian Burnet returns to the Library to deliver a Bitesize lunchtime talk on his latest book, Where Australia Collides with Asia. Ian will discuss Alfred Russel Wallace’s discovery of the biogeographical boundary between the fauna of Asia and Australasia when he crossed the narrow strait between Bali and Lombok. 

Silents in the Library: The Phantom of the Opera

Sunday 12 November 2017 - 2pm to 3:45pm

A forerunner of the American horror film, and one of the most lavish productions of the silent cinema, The Phantom of the Opera (1925) is a mesmerizing blend of romance and mystery.

Remembrance Day Special: The Battle of the Somme

Saturday 11 November 2017 - 2pm to 3:30pm

The ‘Battle of the Somme’ is a historic and iconic documentary film portraying allied preparations for, and the early stages of the battle and trench warfare.