One object, many stories

This intriguing panel will explore social history, design and desirability, all seen through one object from the Library's historic collection.

Mourning brooch of Anne Drysdale, c1853
Date
23 April 2015, 6:00pm7:00pm
Cost
Free
Bookings
Phone: 03 8664 7099
Location Village Roadshow Theatrette
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

The State Library houses two million books, prictures, documents, maps and artefacts from across the ages. This intriguing panel discussion will put the spotlight on a very special mourning brooch made in the 1840s after the death of Geelong sheep farmer Miss Anne Drysdale. This brooch is made from gold and woven human hair from the late Miss Drysdale and her companion Miss Caroline Newcomb. The panel will explore social history, design and desirability, all seen through this one special object.

This event is chaired by Creative Fellow Kaz Cooke in discussion with Elizabeth Anya-Petrivna, curator in the Cultural Collections team of the National Trust of Australia, Jo Ritale, Manager of Collection Development & Discovery at the State Library, and Louise Brunett, co-owner of The French Jewelbox. Read more about the incredible brooch on Kaz Cooke's blog, which catalogues her experiences as a Creative Fellow at the State Library.