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Sydney Rare Book Week

Welcome to the 2021 virtual Sydney Rare Book Week

We’re celebrating Sydney Rare Book Week (25 to 29 October) with an exciting free online program this year. 

While the onsite Sydney Rare Book Fair was unable to go ahead, the coordinating committee for the related Rare Book Week — which includes representatives from cultural institutions across Sydney — was determined to curate an informative and entertaining series of events.

Every day at 4 pm, a panel will discuss the importance of books, memorabilia, historical records and collecting, followed by a Q&A session. 

Bring your afternoon tea and join us!

You need to register separately for each event - registration details are provided for each session. Just browse through the program descriptions on the right.

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Enquiries regarding the Sydney Rare Book Week to:

Maggie Patton
maggie.patton@sl.nsw.gov.au

Making the Most of Yourself: 19th century advice…

Monday
Monday 25 October 2021 - 4pm to 5pm

Join our panel as they discuss fascinating examples of 19th century domestic advice manuals.

Read Making the Most of Yourself: 19th century advice manuals

First Nations Collectors

Tuesday
Tuesday 26 October 2021 - 4pm to 5pm

Join us for a very special event which will look at the importance of collecting materials that document and celebrate the lives of First Nations peoples in Australia. 

Read First Nations Collectors

The Sydney Harbour Bridge: an Australian icon

Wednesday
Wednesday 27 October 2021 - 4pm to 5pm

Join us for this panel discussion as we delve into the history of The Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Read The Sydney Harbour Bridge: an Australian icon

Pandemic, pestilence and plague

Thursday
Thursday 28 October 2021 - 4pm to 5pm

This session provides a snapshot of personal and official records of the bubonic plague and influenza pandemics of the early 20th century.

Read Pandemic, pestilence and plague

Bookselling in the time of COVID

Friday
Friday 29 October 2021 - 4pm to 5pm

A panel of experienced and undaunted booksellers share their experiences of bookselling in the time of COVID.

Read Bookselling in the time of COVID