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Key events

  • Date
  • 30 July 2018
    10.00am - 5.00pm

    Bookstall Company

    Until 30 June 2019. Between 1904 and 1946 the NSW Bookstall Company released 234 books. Rare Books and Special Collections hold many of the publications, contracts, and 153 original book cover designs and illustrations.

  • 2 August 2018
    9.00am - 5.00pm

    The Art of Mathematics: Rare works from the Fisher Collection 1500-1800

    UNTIL 10 FEBRUARY 2019. This exhibition showcases Fisher Library's impressive collection of mathematical works from the years 1500 to 1800. It charts a course beginning at the close of the 1400s and relates a comprehensive narrative about the developments of mathematics through to the 19th century.

  • 25 October 2018
    9.00am - 5.00pm
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    True to Type

    UNTIL 24 JAN 2019 If you have ever created a digital document, chances are you’ve come across the terms Italic, Roman, and Sans Serif. This exhibition tells the story of these three enduring letter-form classifications, through early examples drawn from Rare Books & Special Collections.

  • 26 November 2018
    10.00am - 5.00pm
    Artwork: BeautyInSurvival by Bronwyn Bancroft.

    The Future of Microbiome Research

    Microbiome research is the study of microorganisms in their natural habitats. Some of these include the human body, where microbiomes affect physical and mental health.

  • 31 January 2019
    5.00pm - 6.00pm
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    Exhibiting ancient Rome in Australia

    Join us for a free public lecture presented by Lily Withycombe (National Museum of Australia).

  • 2 February 2019
    2.30pm - 4.00pm

    The bones of songs’ and China’s cultural heritage: why Chinese minority songs matter

    This event is co-presented by the China Studies Centre & Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney and China Cultural Centre in Sydney, it is part of the City of Sydney Lunar Festival.

  • 5 February 2019
    1.00pm - 2.00pm

    A Global Syndemic: obesity, undernutrition and climate change

    The 'Global Syndemic' of obesity, undernutrition and climate change is proposed as the greatest current and future cause of health loss. Tim Lobstein, will suggest that the drivers of obesity and causes of policy inertia are common to other global problems.

  • 6 February 2019
    9.00am - 3.00pm

    Narratives and NAPLAN

    A two-part literacy professional learning day for secondary school teachers (Year 9).

  • 6 February 2019
    9.00am - 6.00pm


    The 25th Conference of the Australasian Humour Studies Network will take place from 6-8 February 2019 at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Theme: “Humour in all its forms: on screen, on the page, on stage, on air, online …” CALL FOR PAPERS BY 31 AUGUST 2018

  • 6 February 2019
    5.00pm - 6.30pm

    The Annual Iain McCalman Lecture

    Join the Sydney Environment Institute in celebrating the rich career of retiring historian, and Co-Director of the Institute, Professor Iain McCalman, as we launch the 'Iain McCalman Lecture’. The inaugural lecture will be given by Dr Frances Flanagan, 2019 University of Sydney Fellow.