Open Days at Woodford Academy

Visit the oldest complex of colonial buildings in the Blue Mountains at Woodford Academy's monthly open days.

 

Built originally as a Roadside Inn in the 1830s, the property has had a multi-layered history, operating over the years as a gentleman’s residence, guest house, boarding house and from 1907 to 1936, a private classics college run by John McManamey.

It is now a museum that offers not only a unique glimpse of colonial life in the Blue Mountains but also an insight into the current Blue Mountains community through an innovative program of site-specific art events, performances and talks.

Take a house tour and grab a bite to eat or drink in the volunteer run café at an upcoming open day:

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17 February: Artist in Residence Talk

Adrienne Richards, Artist in Residence (February - April) joins the Open Day to deliver a talk outlining her project ‘The Nature of Things’ from 1pm - 2pm. Investigating what is (and perhaps is not) in the collection held at the Woodford Academy, and how and why it came to be there, Adrienne focuses on objects and stories that embody human memories, traces, past priorities and misadventures, things that once held value and through time, that value may have shifted in some way.

Using ceramics and drawing to reflect on the nature of collecting in general, and at the Woodford Academy in particular, she responds by 'temporarily adding to the collection' with a series of small site-specific ceramic-based installations.

16 March: Women of Woodford

Woodford Academy celebrates the Women of Woodford as part of National Women’s History Month 2024. The stories of the Women of Woodford are diverse, some are tragic, others inspiring.

As part of National Women’s History Month the March Open Day will relay the untold stories of the women publicans, guesthouse managers, maids, teachers, missionaries, mothers and daughters who lived and worked in the oldest building in the Blue Mountains.

20 April: Adrienne Richards, Artist in Residence

Artist Adrienne Richards concludes her three-month residency at the Academy with an exhibition and delivers an insightful talk on the objects and stories that inspired her along the way.

Hear how Adrienne used ceramics and drawing to reflect on the nature of collecting in general, and at the Woodford Academy in particular, and view her remarkable series of small site-specific ceramic-based installations.

18 May: International Museum Day at the Academy

On International Museum Day, celebrate Museums, Local History Societies and Heritage Houses in the Blue Mountains. Woodford Academy will showcase a wonderful array of Blue Mountains Museums, Local History Societies, Heritage Houses and First Nations sites, as well as its own fascinating 180-year history.

After, continue the celebrations at two more special National Trust properties in the Blue Mountains - Normal Lindsay Gallery, the home of artist and writer Norman Lindsay, and Everglades House & Gardens with its Art Deco house, terraced gardens, and stunning views - both free to enter for members.

15 June: Steampunk Father's Day Celebrations

Doff that top hat, waistcoat and braces, cane in hand, and set out to celebrate International Father’s Day in true Steampunk style. We invite all cosplaying, steampunking, and dapper Dads to come to the oldest building in the Blue Mountains and spend Father's Day dressed to the nines in historic surrounds.

20 July: Christmas In July

The Woodford Academy’s Christmas in July celebrates the festive season in the cool of winter. A time for mulled wine, fruit mince pies, Christmas pudding and custard in the oldest building in the Blue Mountains. Light refreshments available.

17 August: Books and Poetry Festival

The Woodford Academy’s collection has over 1000 vintage books, pamphlets and magazines of poetry, classics, fiction, gardening, cooking, music, agricultural gazettes, health and fashion. Many of these will be on display throughout the building along with local bookstalls and talks on the proper care and conservation of precious books.

21 September: Eloise Maree Crossman AIR

Artist in Residence Eloise Maree Crossman is passionate about working with, diversifying and decolonising collections, codeveloping exhibitions and sharing knowledge. Presently working as Registrar, Museum of Australian Photography (MAPh), her background encompasses exhibitions, collections and assistant curatorial work in public institutions such as the Australian Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Tickets

Open 10am – 4pm on the third Saturday of each month (December only second weekend).

Book via Eventbrite, where possible, to guarantee a spot.

All proceeds go toward conserving this historic house in the Blue Mountains.

 

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Plan your visit

Woodford Academy

Address:

90-92 Great Western Highway, Woodford NSW 2778

Open:

Third Saturday of each month
10am - 4pm
Excluding December when the property will be open on the second Saturday - 9 December 2023.

Closed:

January 2024

Phone:
(02) 9258 0123
Email:
woodfordacademy@gmail.com
Entry Fees:

National Trust members – FREE
Adult - $12
Concession* - $10
Family - $34
Child (under 5 years) – FREE
*Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.

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