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.
A tour group outside the reading room
The ever popular Conservation tour stop
Thirteen history and genealogy stalls kept the punters busy.
History and genealogy stalls
A display of treasure from our collection captivated visitors.
Browsing treasures from the NSW State archives
One staff train-spotter brought in his train set.
Setting up the tracks
And we invited along Mal Smith, who makes dioramas and models of trains using photographs in our collection as inspiration.
You can see the photo used
Mal with one of his train models
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.
Peri talking about the challenges of our digital future
Paul giving advice on storing your records at home
Staff were visible by their red shirts. But some went a tad further…
Can you believe it, Gail found a transport-themed skirt
Janette appeared to have been plucked straight from the convict era
Vintage vehicles were on display
Several vintage military vehicles on display
A vintage fire engine (used in our latest Can You Date…?)
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.
See you at the next Open Day!