What a huge event Open Day was this year! Around 350-400 people turned up for a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the NSW State archives.
The theme of the day was Transport, Travel & Tourism and the program was packed with speakers, tours, advice on conservation and digital recordkeeping, plus a display of treasures from our collection.
The history and genealogy stalls were very popular, as were the vintage military vehicles, food and coffee (the important stuff!) and the second-hand book sale.
A visual wrap-up of Open Day 2013
Behind-the-scenes tours set off every 30 mins.
Thirteen history and genealogy stalls kept the punters busy.
A display of treasure from our collection captivated visitors.
One staff train-spotter brought in his train set.
And we invited along Mal Smith, who makes dioramas and models of trains using photographs in our collection as inspiration.
There were nine talks on during the day from guest speakers and staff, plus digital recordkeeping and conservation information sessions which were booked out early.
Staff were visible by their red shirts. But some went a tad further…
Vintage vehicles were on display
At the end of the day those staff still standing got a ride on the vintage fire truck.
All in all, a good day had by all.