Arts, Culture & Heritage

Arts, Culture and Heritage are valued components to city life for their ability to engage, challenge, excite and surprise people and help us reflect on our unique cultural identity. Through direct investment in these activities, the City of Perth is a leader in the development of our rich cultural landscape.

Core services provided by Arts, Culture and Heritage include management of the City’s Cultural Collections, integrated planning for the management and conservation of the city’s built heritage and the provision of meaningful public programming showcasing Perth’s unique cultural identity.

Arts Culture and Heritage is responsible for delivering a number of significant outcomes as part of the City of Perth’s 2018/2019 Reconciliation Action Plan.

  • City of Perth History Centre

    The History Centre forms part of the City’s Cultural Collections and is dedicated to collecting and preserving items relating to the city’s history. The collection includes photographs, books, oral histories and ephemera ranging from Aboriginal occupation and the early days of European settlement to the present day.

    As part of the City’s ongoing care of its Cultural Collections the History Centre is undertaking a digitisation project. This project is part of Finding Perth - an initiative to digitise and fully integrate various cultural and historical collections and make them publicly available for viewing online in a dynamic and interactive format.

  • Donations

    The History Centre collects items relating to the City of Perth’s social and cultural history, built form and oral histories. Please contact us if you have any relevant items you are willing to donate. The City’s Cultural Collections are currently holding a donation drive for historic items relating to the Perth Town Hall. The resulting exhibition will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the building opening to the public.

    As a reference collection, items in the History Centre are not available for loan but the collection is accessible by appointment during library opening hours.

    Contact us:
    Street address: Level 2, City of Perth Library
    Phone: 1300 843 542 (or 1300 THE LIBRARY)
    Email: history.centre@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

Finding Perth

Perth’s cultural identity is living, breathing and evolving. It is intrinsically woven through our built, natural and social landscapes.

Through the Finding Perth project the City aims to celebrate our diverse cultural identity, increase access to the City’s cultural assets and highlight Perth’s truly unique history and heritage. Finding Perth is an initiative to digitise and fully integrate various cultural and historical collections and make them publicly available for viewing online in a dynamic and interactive format.

As a precursor to the development of Finding Perth some of the City’s cultural assets and data have been mapped online:

  • Public Art Collection
  • St Georges Terrace Commemorative Plaques
  • Art Galleries & Museums
  • Origins of Streets