Welcome to the world of local history; UON Living Histories! If you want to enhance yourself and your studies, explore this site, which offers access to unique and rich local history. Living Histories is the online platform where items such as artefacts, audio, video and records in the Cultural Collections at the University of Newcastle are digitised and uploaded.

Have a look at the online platform and you will be taken down a rabbit hole of different collections of artefacts, records and images from around the our regions. There are amazing photographic collections of the Newcastle Hospital, Surfest in the 1980’s and the Newcastle Show in the 1900’s. This rich photographic curation is available for your enjoyment and learning for your studies.

Surfest ’87 – 22nd November 1987 Newcastle Beach, Newcastle (Australia)
A Newcastle Show Display featuring the University of Newcastle Display Stall, Australia – 1992

The collections are curated by the University’s very own Cultural Collections staff, students and volunteers.

However, if you are passionate about history, Living Histories offers community engagement on their online platform. The Cultural Collections staff are always looking for people to supply the missing information online. So, if you are an expert in a certain record or collection, make an account enabling you to request edits on the site!

If you have an interesting collection relating to the Region, you may like to work with Cultural Collections to share it on Living Histories.

Cultural Collections, which includes the University Archives and Rare Books and Special Collections, houses historical and cultural records on the University and the local region, available for all students. You will find interesting material and depth of information to research for your studies!

Students are welcome and encouraged to come and visit Cultural Collections, located on Level 2 of the Auchmuty Library at Callaghan Campus, University of Newcastle.

Come and visit Cultural Collections and the Living Histories website and explore the fascinating historical collections that are available. Open your eyes to the rich historical world that is right at our doorstep.

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