“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future”

Theodore Roosevelt

Those of us here at Arden during our Centenary year are part of a much bigger story. For 100 years, generations of the Arden community have gone before us to create the School we know and love. The Arden Archives exists to preserve the history and memory of the School and the Arden community. The Archives contains our identity, stories of the past, visions for the future and evidence of decisions made. It is not a stagnant entity, filled with dusty boxes and disorganised papers, but rather, we are constantly collecting, cataloguing and preserving the records and memorabilia of today for future generations to enjoy, research and interpret.

Located on the top floor of historic Cook House, the Heritage Centre is the public face of the Archives. Originally called Lorne, Cook House was purchased by the School from the Cook family in 1994.  The property was designed by renowned architect George Sydney Jones as the family home and surgery of Dr Mark Lidwell. Completed in 1909, the Moorish style building cost £3 000. With many of the historical internal features still evident, including the plaster ceilings, marble and oak fireplaces, tiled hearths and leaded windows, Cook House provides the ideal setting for the Heritage Centre.

The Heritage Centre is a place of learning and discovery for the Arden Community, allowing students, parents, staff and alumni to actively engage with the history of the School. It showcases the collection of the Archives in a manner that honours the past and acknowledges where we have come from. This is particularly important was we look beyond our Centenary to create the future.

To view the Heritage Centre, please email archives@arden.nsw.edu.au


Do you have memories or memorabilia relating to Arden? The Archives welcomes donations of relevant memorabilia and reminisces from members of our School Community. This includes contemporary items as these will become tomorrow’s history. If you feel you have something that may be of interest, the Archives would appreciate hearing from you: