This exhibition is a celebration of the University Library’s Rare Music collection, on the occasion of its relocation from the Conservatorium Library to Fisher Rare Books & Special Collections.
When the NSW State Conservatorium of Music was officially opened on 6 May 1915, its stated aims were “providing tuition of a standard at least equal to that of the leading European Conservatoriums”. It would seem logical then that the Rare Music collection of Australia’s first dedicated music education institution be concentrated around two main cultural waypoints: the European classical music tradition that the Conservatorium sought to transmit, and the Australian musical culture that developed from this foundation.
These two areas of strength provide natural entry points for exploring this varied and intriguing collection. They provide the framework for this exhibition, the aim of which is to showcase not only the objects themselves, but the continuation of their stories through ongoing scholarship and engagement.
Comics are a natural way to communicate. If you can draw a picture, you can tell a story.
By Julie Price
When: 8 February – 31 August 2016
Where: Fisher Library F03; Level 2 Exhibition space
Everybody knows what a comic is. We’ve all read them, laughed at them and enjoyed them. A few well-chosen images can transport meaning across language barriers.
Threads of humour are teased from many situations: political circuses; the foibles of gender; even war, as soldiers entertaining themselves find domestic appreciation for larrikin humour. So many strands to spin a chuckle from be it an ocker, a Major, a gumnut, the Little Boy from Manly; all have made Australians laugh through the years. What was true throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries holds true now – any newspaper that wants to be taken seriously simply must run a cartoon or two.
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Travel diaries, journals and logs from Fisher Rare Books and Special Collections
When: 2 October – 31 December 2015
Where: Fisher Library F03; Level 3 Corridor
For long-distance travelers in the 19th and early 20th centuries, keeping a journal was a popular method of keeping oneself gainfully occupied during long months spent at sea.
Through a selection of manuscript travel diaries, journals and logs from Fisher Rare Books and Special Collections, this new exhibition provides a window (or, a porthole) into the 19th century shipboard experience.
Curated by Erna Lilje 24 April to 19 December 2014
This exhibition illustrates the wealth of the Library’s holdings related to Pacific Studies. It includes early printed books, maps and charts, works of natural history and fiction. The books and documents on display are complemented by artefacts from the Macleay Museum’s holdings and together they celebrate the wealth of the University of Sydney’s heritage collections.
Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library Cost: FREE and open daily to the public. Closed Public Holidays Times: Opening times vary, please check the website
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This symposium celebrates the bicentenary of four great novels published in the same year. Jane Austen is widely known and loved by a vast audience and The Great Novels of 1814 exhibition currently on display in the Fisher Library celebrates her novel Mansfield Park and works by her favourite authors: Frances Burney’s The Wanderer, Maria Edgeworth’s Patronage and Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley.
The proceedings will be chaired by Professor Margaret Harris, University of Sydney, starting at 9.30am with a welcoming morning tea during your registration. The symposium will feature papers from Professor William Christie, University of Sydney, Emeritus Professor Jocelyn Harris, University of Otago, Dr Stephanie Russo and Dr Ryan Twomey, Macquarie University, and Dr Olivia Murphy, Murdoch University.
A sandwich lunch will be provided at midday followed by a choice of activities: a screening of the film Amazing Grace, which is part of the Films at Fisher program complementing The Great Novels of 1814 exhibition, as well as the chance to visit the Nicholson and Macleay Museums.
At 5.30pm there will be a talk by Jacqui Grainger, Manager of Rare Books and Special Collections, about curating the exhibition, followed by a reception in the Exhibition Space, and a private viewing with the opportunity to talk to Jacqui more about the exhibition.
When: Wednesday 16 April 2014
Time: 9.30am – 7.30pm Where: Seminar Room, Level 2, Fisher Library F03, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus Cost: Free with booking required. Places are limited to 50. RSVP by Thursday 10 April 2014 E email@example.com
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