Learn: Enlivening learning

Programs and exhibitions that broaden understanding of the local area and help to tell the stories of our community.


Key Achievements for 2017-18

  • Stanton's beautiful Heritage Centre created a new exhibition called 'Locality: telling North Sydney stories in objects and pictures.' This is a permanent but evolving display that explores various aspects of North Sydney’s history using the stories associated with intriguing objects from the collection. The exhibition features newly acquired items and previously unseen treasures from the Heritage Centre’s collection including a stunning ‘Balmain Bug’ two-foot racing skiff.

  • Historical Services offered a walking tour exploring popular culture landmarks along the Lavender Bay waterfront. The design features of Luna Park and the newly reinstated Alfred St archway were discussed as well as details of the North Sydney Olympic Pool, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the pop culture sculptures of Peter Kingston and Wendy Whiteley's garden.

  • We welcomed delegates from the ALIA National Library and Information Technicians’ Symposium 2017 and provided the delegates with tours around the library and Heritage Centre. 

  • We hosted Grandaids to run free one-on-one sessions at Stanton Library to help library users with a range of technology questions. The sessions were on topics which included how to use tablets, streaming, social media, online shopping, travel and entertainment.

  • For National Heritage Festival, Council's historian, Dr Ian Hoskins gave a talk on Chinese market gardeners and storekeepers in North Sydney 1870-1932. This research project goes some way to writing the Chinese back into North Sydney’s history by exploring archives and finding out who these people were and where they lived and worked.

  • We screened the play Piano Forte which is about legal issues for older people and hosted a discussion with a panel of lawyers and senior rights experts to answer questions after the screening.

  • We hosted a presentation by neurologists from the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney on how improving our understanding of how identity changes in dementia can help inform approaches to treatment and care.

  • Our Heritage Centre team continued an ongoing partnership with Cammeray Public School, taking 60+ students from each school through St Thomas’ Rest Park. The Historical Services team gave history talks to Demonstration Primary School students at Don Bank and in the Heritage Centre. The students were invited to look at items from the collection and guess what they were used for and to view old photos and maps related to their school.

'The read watch play display in November was fantastic. I read Scandinavian authors I hadn’t tried before and there was a great and interesting selection of other items. You are the best library.' - Library customer to a staff member (Jan, 2018).

'Dear Ian, Fiona, Kelly and Shannon, Cammeray Public School Year Two students, parents and teachers are very grateful for the time you shared with us while visiting St Thomas' Rest Park. St Thomas' Rest Park is our local history book that you bring to light through your knowledge and expertise, warm wishes.' - The year two teaching team Cammeray PS (April, 2018)

Twitter  'Ian talking about our research on Chinese market gardeners and shopkeepers @Stanton_Library today! So great for the research to be out in the world!' – Georgia (May, 2018)