What's On

Public programs and learning activities will continue to be delivered online for the time being. See what's on here. 

A young Sudanese man stand with his hand on his heart, mid sentence. He is surrounded by a crowd holding up their mobile phones to illuminate him.

We’ are excited to announce that the annual World Press Photo exhibition will be travelling to Sydney in August this year. From 15 August to 18 October you will be able to view the world’s best photojournalism from 2019.

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Eight Days in Kamay

13 July 2020 to 28 February 2021
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In April 1770, strangers onboard the Endeavour appeared off the shores of Kamay (Botany Bay). This exhibition explores the eight days that followed and their continuing legacy.

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Oil painting. Panoramic scene of a harbour.

More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings.

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A woman and a man browsing miscellaneous objects in a display shelf.

The Collectors’ Gallery

3 July 2020 to 31 October 2021
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Sculpture busts, miniature portraits, ceramics, coins, medals, cutlery, teacups, typewriters, convict bricks and much more!

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cover of logbook 1795

On the Move: Migration to Australia

Tuesday
Tuesday, 18 August 2020 - 10am to 10:45am
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From the days of first contact through to the twentieth century - migration to Australia has taken many forms.

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National Science Week 2020: Sleep Tight

Tuesday
Tuesday, 18 August 2020 - 7pm to 8pm
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Why is it important to get a good night’s sleep? University of Sydney sleep researcher Dr Camilla Hoyos explains the benefits of sleep, from wellbeing to healthy brain-ageing and dementia prevention. 

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Spotlight on Shakespeare

Wednesday
Wednesday, 19 August 2020 - 9am to 9:45am
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This interactive experience will inspire your students to learn more about the great playwright, William Shakespeare! 

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Family History Month webinar — Shipping & Passenger Records

Wednesday
Wednesday, 19 August 2020 - 10:30am to 11am
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Join us for an introduction to researching shipping and passenger records. 

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SciFest 2020: Surviving Antarctica - 19 August

Wednesday
Wednesday, 19 August 2020 - 2pm to 3pm
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To celebrate National Science Week 2020, join us for a deep dive into the oceans and ice-scapes of Antarctica.

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SciFest 2020: Surviving Antarctica - 20 August

Thursday
Thursday, 20 August 2020 - 10am to 11am
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To celebrate National Science Week 2020, join us for a deep dive into the oceans and ice-scapes of Antarctica.

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The B List with Bri Lee & Robbie Arnott

Thursday
Thursday, 20 August 2020 - 7pm to 8pm
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Join us online for The B List book club hosted by Bri Lee. Each month Bri is in conversation with a contemporary author followed by a Q&A session. 

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In this session we will focus on strategy and problem solving, with a discussion on the fundamental elements of a successful family history research project.

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Illustrating Explained

Monday
Monday, 24 August 2020 - 9:30am to 10:15am
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Have you ever wondered how picture book illustrators work to bring a story to life?

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