Ramshackle wooden building with tin roof and wire enclosed coop at one end.

A herculean task: clearing the woolshed

The first stage of a major conservation project at Rouse Hill Estate involved removing thousands of objects accumulated over 150 years of the property’s occupation

Internal view of the timber shed at Rouse Hill Estate

A strong and simple structure: conserving the woolshed

The second phase of a major conservation project on the woolshed at Rouse Hill Estate has seen the rustic 160-year-old structure strengthened and stabilised

Absconding with the silver

Why we recreated the butler's pantry at Vaucluse House along with a fascinating tale of 'light fingered' servants

Close up of a chandelier

Conserving the chandeliers of Government House

A short film about the chandeliers at Government House shot during conservation works in 2013

White scaffolding on the southern verandah of the Rum Hospital building at The Mint.


We manage, maintain and interpret buildings and places of historic importance for the education and enjoyment of the public

Drawing room, Vaucluse House

How to manage mould in our homes

Warm wet weather encourages not only plant growth in our gardens but also mould growth in our homes. Thankfully we have the solution!

Facade of two storey house with shaded verandah on ground level.

Legislating for historic places

The recent digitisation of a collection of black and white photographic negatives given to the Historic Houses Trust in 1995 has sparked an exploration of early efforts to protect significant historic buildings through legislation

View of the columns and balcony, The Mint
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Rum Hospital Verandah Conservation

This important heritage work will include the structural remediation to columns, subfloor structure and balustrade and the painting of the columns using a traditional sand paint finish

Two storey building with curved verandah at ground level.

Salvaging a future for Sydney’s demolished buildings

When important historic buildings were demolished in 20th-century Sydney, one way to remember them was by saving, perhaps for re-use, some of their more notable architectural features