Susannah Place Museum: The translation of a working-class terrace into a house museum

Charlotte Smith

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This paper addresses the translation to museum status of Susannah Place, a row of four attached terrace houses located on Gloucester Street in The Rocks, Sydney. Two principal, inter-related themes direct the discussion. The first concerns the concept of history and historical significance as understood by Susannah Place’s owner, the NSW state government, and the museum’s administrators the Historic Houses Trust (HHT). The second, inter-related theme is how successfully the HHT’s conception of history and historical significance is realised at Susannah Place Museum. Though the HHT employs the most up-to-date museographical theory to support its administrative approach, its interpretive outcomes are not absolute. It is evident that the HHT has had problems balancing conservation and interpretation at Susannah Place Museum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalOpen Museum Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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