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Heritage and conservation

Our history surrounds us in the form of many buildings

Our campus has a long history that we work to preserve, which includes the maintenance and conservation of our heritage-listed buildings.

The University of Sydney was established as Australia's first tertiary institution in 1850.

By 1859, we had established our Darlington campus, which today is home to many heritage buildings including the Great Hall, the Anderson Stuart Building (also known as the old medical school), Sydney College of the Arts and the Quadrangle.

Our heritage team work to maintain the heritage nature of our built environment when undertaking repairs, refurbishments or additions to buildings.

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

  • heritage policy enforcement
  • stonework conservation
  • roof rectification and conservation
  • a 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 who can be contacted on

Heritage Asset Management Strategy

The Heritage Asset Management Strategy (HAMS) process was designed by the NSW Heritage Branch and the NSW State Treasury to help organisations prepare asset management plans for the conservation and management of heritage assets.

Our Heritage Asset Management Strategy is our guiding document for conservation and maintenance. Our Section 170 Register, conservation management plans and our HAMS are the tools we use to meet the requirements of the NSW Heritage Act 1977. Our HAMS responds to the State Agency Heritage Guide, which requires certain actions under Sections 170 and 170A of the Act.

Grounds Conservation Plan

Our Grounds Conservation Plan is the record of the research and analysis of our built and cultural heritage. Knowing what is significant and why is the basis for preservation, conservation and maintenance of our heritage.

Heritage and Conservation Documents

We have conservation management plans for numerous buildings on our main campus. The following documents are also available by emailing the University Heritage Architect on

  • 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