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Museum filled with cabinets and artefacts.

Interior of the Nicholson Museum c. 1953, Photographer unknown, University of Sydney.

Celebrating the remarkable history of the Nicholson Museum

Event type: Evening lecture 
Date and time: Wednesday 29 January, 6 – 7pm
Venue: Nicholson Museum
Manning Road, The University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington Campus)
Entry:  Free, registration essential

2020 marks both the 160th anniversary of the establishment of a museum of antiquities at the University of Sydney, and the exciting next chapter in the history of the Nicholson collection as we prepare for the opening of the Chau Chak Wing Museum in late August 2020.

This night will celebrate the history of the Nicholson Museum and its collections, from its humble beginnings as the ‘Nicholsonian’ museum in small rooms under the clocktower of the Quadrangle, through to its present location under MacLaurin Hall and looking forward to its exciting future.

Dr Craig Barker, Candace Richards and Dr James Fraser of the Nicholson Museum will each present on aspects of the history of the collection; from Sir Charles Nicholson and the foundations of a campus collection, to the early 20th century when the museum expanded through connections with some of the most-significant archaeological projects in Egypt, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, and to its rebirth in the 1960s as a modern teaching museum.

Watercolour painting of a woman and child in the desert hiding behind a camel while men with weapons appear about to fight.

Danger in the Desert, Carl Haag, 1867 []

Death in the desert: The mysterious disappearance of the Palmer Sinai Expedition

Event type: Afternoon lecture 
Date and time: Saturday 1 February, 2 - 3pm
Venue: History Room S223
Manning Road, The University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington Campus)
Entry:  Free, registration essential 

Join us for a free public lecture by Dr Jamie Fraser in our series Travellers in Time.

In August 1882, archaeologist-spy Professor Edward Palmer set off into the Sinai desert disguised as a Bedouin chief with 3000 pounds of gold hidden in his saddlebags. He was never seen alive again. In this talk, Dr Jamie Fraser tracks the footsteps of this ill-fated professor and the Palmer Rescue Expedition that was sent to find him, with far-reaching international consequences.

Jamie Fraser is Senior Curator of the Nicholson Collection.


This series is sponsored by Academy Travel.

Academy Travel Tailored small group journeys.

Featured image (top of the page): Kunisada/Toyokuni III Utagawa, View of fast shooting by Hon' omaru Shoshun, Edo, Japan 1847 (detail)