PIECES OF THE PAST: Period Rooms from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London to the Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah with Suzanne Bravery

Wednesday 15 May 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


A Period Room is traditionally a display that represents the design and decorative art of an historic interior, usually within a museum. Selecting elements of rooms for display in museums has often left out as much as it has left in. This talk looks at the history of the Period Room and explores more recent developments in presentation in an art museum context.

SUZANNE BRAVERY curated and managed house museums at the Historic Houses Trust of NSW (now Museums of History NSW), including Elizabeth Bay House, Vaucluse House, Elizabeth Farm, Rouse Hill estate and Meroogal. She managed the Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne, and was a Head Curator at the National Museum of Australia. Suzanne’s research interests include historic interiors, social history and conservation housekeeping. This talk uses material from this research.

This lecture is supported by The Colin Holden Charitable Trust.

Your ticket includes tea or Market Lane coffee served before the lecture, and time to browse our exclusive range of books, gifts, and homewares at TJC Emporium. NOTE: Tickets for this event do not include access to our exhibition-house, Fairhall.  Guided tours of the current exhibition can be booked separately.

images supplied:

The Morris Room, West Dining Room (formerly known as the “Green Dining Room”) decorated by William Morris at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Wikimedia Commons

Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tweed Regional Gallery.   Photographer: Suzanne Bravery 

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