A Thousand Words

Galleries, Museums and Collections

A picture tells a thousand words. This adage is the inspiration for an innovative new exhibition, in which the public becomes the curator.

A Thousand Words presents compelling photographic images from the rich collections of Sydney Living Museums and the State Archives and Records Authority of NSW, created between the 1880s and the 1980s.

A Thousand Words adopts a philosophy that everyone can interpret history through the lens of their background, experiences, values and aspirations. Unlike a standard exhibition, the images are presented without traditional curatorial interpretation. Instead, the public have been invited to contribute responses – whether emotive, nostalgic or imaginative – and this crowdsourced material translated into the exhibition design. New creative works have also been commissioned from established and emerging writers and artists, each responding to an image from the exhibition.

A Thousand Words is a collaboration between Sydney Living Museums and NSW State Archives.


Gallery / Museum Public Toilet

Disabled Assistance

Wheelchair access


Australian Museums and Galleries Association


From AU$12.00

Adult AUD15
Concession AUD12
Family AUD38
Members | Free of charge

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