Launch into Library research: Using pictures for historical research

  • Past Event
Lifelong learning

Pictures can hold a wealth of information to enrich your historical research.

Event Information

4 April 2024, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Past Event
General Admission:  
Friends Member:  
State Library of NSW

1 Shakespeare Place
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 292731414

Come along to hear about what pictures can show you, how to find them at the Library, and be inspired by some of our favourites. Session descriptions:

Finding pictures in the Library catalogue and eresources

Discover and explore the Library’s vast collection of pictures using the catalogue, including digitised pictures that you can access online. This session will also highlight some of the picture rich eresources freely available with your Library card.   

Australian photographs: an historical record for researchers.

Photographs contain a wealth of information about the time they were created and are often the only surviving physical evidence of events. Join our curator for a foray into Australia’s history as seen through the photographer’s lens.

Cracking the code: how to read Australian portraits

Every picture tells a story. This session will demonstrate how a portrait can provide information and inspiration for your research.

Digging deeper: hidden pictorial treasures in the Library’s collections

The Library has acquired many collections relating to a particular theme, for example maritime history, sports and the performing arts. In this session we will dig deeper into some of these hidden and surprising collections.

Library exhibition tour

Join a special curator-led tour of the Paintings Galleries, or the new Photographic Gallery.