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Velvet, Iron, Ashes curator talk

Bookings required

19 December 2019, 5:15pm6:00pm
04 February 2020, 1:15pm2:00pm
13 February 2020, 5:15pm6:00pm
18 February 2020, 1:15pm2:00pm
03 March 2020, 1:15pm2:00pm
12 March 2020, 5:15pm6:00pm
17 March 2020, 1:15pm2:00pm
26 March 2020, 5:15pm6:00pm
31 March 2020, 1:15pm2:00pm
Location Victoria Gallery
Russell Street Welcome Zone
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Discover surprising connections between extraordinary people, events and icons from Victoria’s history on this tour with curator Carolyn Fraser.

About the exhibition

Velvet, Iron, Ashes opens up a new way of seeing our history and reveals as never before how our stories intersect. Find out how the armour of infamous bushranger Ned Kelly is connected to cricket’s celebrated Ashes Urn, how fairy floss is connected to Victoria’s Latrobe Valley electricity industry, and why the granddaughter of one of our prime ministers once wore a glittering velvet cloak that symbolised the Murray–Darling irrigation scheme. Showcasing treasures from the Library’s collection and from other major institutions and private collections, this captivating exhibition will inspire you to make discoveries of your own.

Velvet, Iron, Ashes is the inaugural exhibition in the new Victoria Gallery endowed by the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation and established as part of the Library’s transformative $88.1 million Vision 2020 redevelopment.

The original Ashes Urn will be on exclusive display for a limited time from 26 November 2019 to 23 February 2020.