Customs House in Sydney is not just a historic landmark of the city. Build in 1844 and used as the headquarters of the Customs Service until 1990, this building is also home to a city library spanning 3 levels and some of the city's best dining venues on the ground floor and roof top. A star attraction for residents and visitors is the free exhibitions and events available in Customs House throughout the year. Here are some of its FREE programs for everyone to enjoy this winter.
Computer basic courses
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The City of Sydney and the library in Customs House have teamed up to run a FREE series of 2 hour courses to help adults to learn how to use the computer, programs and internet in July.
You can learn to navigate and search the Internet on 17 July; use Microsoft Word 2007 to create documents such as letters, memos or stories, and use popular social media application known as Twitter to discover news, follow individuals or organisations and create your own tweets on 24 July; how to use a computer on 24 and 29 July; use Microsoft Excel 2007 to create spreadsheets and manage budgets, lists or data; and create an email account on 28 July; and learn the basic skills for setting up an email account and everyday emailing on 31 July. Phone 02 9265 9333 to inquire or book any of the courses.
Spaceship Earth: Observing Our Planet From Satellites
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Customs House is hosting a FREE exhibition displaying extraordinary earth observation (EO) imagery from international space agencies and satellite operators on large projection screens. The exhibition aims to educate visitors about the technological advancements in monitoring and managing Earth's environments including remote sensing and imagery.
Entitled 'Spaceship Earth: Observing Our Planet From Satellites', you can view videos and high-resolution stills from global space and science agencies including global cloud, wind and carbon pollution flows, seasonal vegetation changes, night lights of cities, commercial aircraft flights and many other spectacular satellite imagery and videos. The exhibition ends 20 July so make sure you catch the images before the exhibition closes.
The City of Sydney, Musica Viva and Sydney Opera House have teamed up to present a FREE 'Meeting the Artist' event featuring the King's College Choir from Cambridge while they are on tour in Sydney. The Choir owes its existence to King Henry VI who founded it to sing daily services in his chapel. It is the most famous choir in the world, known best for their Christmas carol services broadcast by BBC to millions worldwide on Christmas Eve since 1928. You will be able to hear from the Choir Director and men of the choir, hosted by Carl Vine, Artistic Director of Musica Viva on 19 July between 4 to 5pm in the Barnet Long Room of the Customs House Library. Phone 02 9265 9333 to make your bookings.
This FREE exhibition in partnership with the Climate Institute addresses the impacts of climate change in Australia and globally through images from critically acclaimed photographer Michael Hall. Michael's work has been acknowledged and endorsed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The visuals have been widely exhibited and won critical acclaim for the way it helps make the reality of climate change tangible and personally relevant. The exhibition draws on 7 years of Michael's work and is held in Customs House between 31 July to 5 September 2014. You can view images that illustrate the aftermath of 40 bushfires on peoples' livelihoods in Tasmania, the impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, issues of food security in Bangladesh and many more. Except for public holidays, the exhibition is open on weekdays from 10am to 7pm and weekends between 11am to 4pm.
The library and the Sydney Story Factory have teamed up to host a FREE session on writing on 4 August between 6pm to 7pm for youths age 16 years and up. The session is conducted by Richard Short and Craig New work from Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people in Redfern. Richard is a writer and writing teacher of prose and poetry while Craig wrote for music magazines and edited street press. You will be part of an open discussion about the creative process and passion for the written word with other young adults. Phone 9265 9333 or visit the website to book.