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History Week

3 – 11 September 2022

Our state’s annual festival of history

Themed 'Hands On History', this years innovative program features online talks and lectures, heritage trails, interactive workshops, and valuable learnings from Indigenous history.

Hear about our history

Talks

Hands-on history in the City Archives

Hands-on history in the City Archives

Discover over one million resources about the Sydney local government area, and the stories within them.
9 Sep 2022

Sydney culture walks app

Sydney​‌’​‌s history in your pocket

Learn little-known facts about Sydney's streets, suburbs and stories on your own private walking tour.

Learn something new about the past

Exhibitions

Hyde Park Barracks experience

Hyde Park Barracks experience

More than 200 years old, the Hyde Park Barracks provides an extraordinary new way to experience history
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The Customs House Sydney

The Customs House Sydney

Historic photographs, artworks and moving footage illustrate the history and evolution of Sydney’s Customs House
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The Centenary Exhibition

The Centenary Exhibition

The evolution of Australian military service, focusing on the personal stories of NSW service.
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Remembering Australia’s War in Vietnam, 1962–72

Remembering Australia’s War in Vietnam, 1962–72

Discover the lived experiences of veterans of Australia's war in Vietnam through the stories of four Australians
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Get hands on this History Week

Workshops

Hands-on history in the City Archives

Hands-on history in the City Archives

Discover over one million resources about the Sydney local government area, and the stories within them.
9 Sep 2022

Explore early photographs of Sydney

Developing Sydney

This interactive map based on the exhibition highlights photographs commissioned by Sydney Municipal Council between 1900 and 1920 known as the ‘Demolition Books’.

Go out and about

Tours and Experiences

Redcoats, Rascals & Thunderboxes - History of Sydney

Redcoats, Rascals & Thunderboxes - History of Sydney

You probably think you know the beginnings of Sydney and will challenge your knowledge, testing the beginnings of Sydney
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Hyde Park Barracks: Chinese language (Mandarin) tours

Hyde Park Barracks: Chinese language (Mandarin) tours

Discover the stories of the Hyde Park Barracks through a self-guided Mandarin-language tour
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Sequinned steps LGBTIQ Sydney tour

Sequinned steps LGBTIQ Sydney tour

Sydney is home to the world famous Sydney Mardi Gras started in June 1978
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Skirting Sydney - Sydney's Super Women

Skirting Sydney - Sydney's Super Women

Finally you get to discover the impact of Sydney's awesome women on a fun-filled 2 hour discovery tour
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Slygrog, Saints & Smack - Sydney's seedy underbelly

Slygrog, Saints & Smack - Sydney's seedy underbelly

Unleash a side of Sydney that you never expected. Corruption, prostitution, drug deals and gambling dens
Tomorrow

Image Credit: Archival records at the City of Sydney, 1996 (City Archives A-00028312)