The University of Sydney has some of the largest and richest cultural heritage collections of any university in Australia. The breadth of the collections is breathtaking, a result of widespread use of artefacts and specimens in teaching and research at the university and 150 years of collecting, benefaction and purchase. More than 700,000 works are held in the university's Macleay Museum, Nicholson Museum and University Art Collection. With collections dating from antiquity to the modern age, from every continent and including cultural, artistic, scientific and natural materials, they form a significant part of the national heritage. Into the Light is published on the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Nicholson Museum, the first university museum in Australia. Lavishly illustrated, with essays and captions written by curatorial staff and experts in their fields, Into the Light provides a glimpse into those collections and some of the ways they interconnect across disciplinary boundaries. The book includes more than a hundred highlights of the collections, photographed by Michael Myers for the publication.
Into the Light is both a valuable resource and a beautiful and enjoyable read.show more