Heritage services

The University of Sydney was Australia's first tertiary institution and opened in 1850.

Evidence of our history surrounds us on campus in the form of buildings such as the Great Hall, the Anderson Stuart Building (also known as the old medical school), Sydney College of the Arts and the Quadrangle.

Learn more about the history of the University.

To help maintain our history, we conduct the following conservation activities:

  • heritage policy enforcement
  • stonework conservation
  • roof rectification and conservation
  • heritage advisory service
  • conservation plans
  • heritage awareness promotion and fundraising.

All requirements for heritage conservation and compliance are monitored by our Heritage Architect, Chris Legge-Wilkinson.

The unit aims to maintain the heritage nature of the built environment when undertaking any repairs, refurbishments or additions to heritage buildings.

Further information

  • Email Heritage Architect Chris Legge-Wilkinson

Conservation and heritage documents

  NSW State Heritage Register (external link)
The University of Sydney is required to provide a Heritage and Conservation Register to the NSW Heritage Office.  You can search Sydney as your local area, or select University of Sydney as the Owner.
  Heritage Asset Management Strategy (HAMS)
This document, prepared in accordance with the requirements of the NSW Heritage Act 1977, responds to the requests of the State Agency Heritage Guide, issued by the Heritage Council of NSW in December 2004.
HAMS is the guiding document that describes how the heritage assets will be conserved and maintained.
  Conservation management plans
A conservation management plan is a special study report that clearly identifies and describes why a place is important and then proposes an action plan, policy or strategy to maintain that importance.

Ground conservation plan for Camperdown and Darlington Campuses
The Ground conservation plan is the record of the research and analysis of the built and cultural heritage of the University with the resulting significances. 


The following documents are also available by emailing the :

  • Camperdown and Darlington Campuses: 'The University of Sydney Heritage Fabric Survey'. Otto Cserhalmi and Partners with DPWS Heritage Group, 1999.
  • Camperdown and Darlington Campuses: 'Victoria Park Gates Heritage Assessment'. Tanner Architects, 2005.
  • Conservatorium of Music: 'Condition Report'. Heritage Group, State Projects, NSW Public Works, 1994.
  • Mallet Street Campus: 'Heritage Assessment and Statement of Significance'. Clive Lucas Stapleton and Partners, 2003.
  • Rozelle Campus: 'Kirkbride Block Rozelle Hospital Conservation Plan'. Heritage Group State Projects NSW Public Works, 1993.