The NSW Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education collects and protects furniture, objects, equipment, books, documents and photographs relating to public education in NSW, focusing on teaching and learning in primary schools from 1850 to 1980.
The collection contains a wide range of objects with some dating back to the 1870s. Included are samples of pupil work, teaching equipment and resources. These items have been collected from closing public schools, NSW Department of Education donations, purchases and personal donations.
Appointments can be made for access to the collection for research purposes.
A collection of furniture, equipment and objects is available for hire. Hire information.
Read stories about some of the items in our collection.
Search the Collection
The Schoolhouse Museum’s collection is currently being made available online through eHive with about 1700 records there to date. The collection is also currently being digitized and added to our eHive records.Search eHive
North Ryde Public School class photos
The collection of North Ryde Public School class photos has been fully digitized. Photos from 1890-1954 are available on Flickr. Below is the North Ryde PS Hoop Dance Group, 1926.
Due to the Department of Education’s privacy regulations, class photos from 1955 cannot be publicly available on the Internet. A link to these photos can be sent on request.
Personal items can be offered as donations to the Schoolhouse Museum’s collection. We are currently only accepting items used in NSW primary schools prior to 1972 and that meet our collection criteria. Exceptions may be made for newer objects of a rare or unique nature or in pristine condition with known provenance. All items offered will be assessed by the curatorial team. Not all items can be accepted.
Documents required by NSW State Archives and Records
Public schools are required to send official historical school records to NSW State Archive and Records via the Department of Education Information and Records Management section. Records include school registers, punishment books and original photographs.