Current Exhibitions

At home in North Sydney: An architectural history of a locality

This award-winning website explores North Sydney history through its built environment: it's architecture, architects, builders and residents. North Sydney has a diverse and fascinating range of dwellings dating from the first half of the 19th century.

The companion Heritage Centre exhibition features documents, photographs and oral recordings held by Stanton Library, as well as new video footage and interviews with some well-known local characters.


Locality: telling North Sydney stories in objects and pictures

Sylvia's Shoes

Sylvia Sanson emigrated from England in 1949 with her family and settled in McMahons Point. Sylvia took a keen interest in the heritage of her adopted home, joining the North Shore Historical Society Committee and acquiring an extensive collection – particularly of 20th century clothing and accessories, but also dolls, household textiles and domestic technology. 

This exhibition showcases beautiful shoes, handbags, gloves and jewellery from Sylvia Sanson’s collection. These objects tell us much about changing taste and fashion from the 1890s to the 1960s, as well as about Sylvia’s personal passion for history and design.

Open now at the North Sydney Heritage Centre, Level 1, Stanton Library (9am-5pm) and throughout the Library during Library hours