New Museum of History NSW launches

The New South Wales government has launched the state’s newest cultural institution, the Museum of History NSW.

The new entity combines NSW State Archives Collection, with the 12 historical properties and collections currently held by Sydney Living Museums. In September 2022, a bill was passed in the NSW parliament for the creation of the Museum of History NSW and simultaneously State Records NSW.

“The NSW Government is committed to a future where history is alive and conversations about history take a more prominent place in our cultural landscape,” said arts minister Ben Franklin. “The creation of the Museums of History NSW means that records, archives and images will be better preserved, presented and accessible to the public.”

Records held in by the Museum of History NSW, include several failed proposals that were recently exhibited as part of Unrealised Sydney, as well as unsuccessful schemes from the 1956 competition to the Sydney Opera House.

The MHNSW and SRNSW will become effective on 31 December 2022.

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