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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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 Celebrations

Doff that top hat, waistcoat and braces, cane in hand, and set out to celebrate in true Steampunk style. We invite all heritage, cosplaying and steampunking enthusiasts to come to the oldest building in the Blue Mountains and spend a 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 and much more. 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

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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