Collections & Exhibitions
Scrappy prototypes & enterprising inventors
In today's startup culture, good ideas can come from anywhere and even rough and ready prototypes can succeed – which, as our patents collection shows, is nothing new.
RedPlanet Press and the politics of poster making
This episode of From the Vault explores Victoria's radical and bold poster collectives of the past.
Tennis in Victoria
Pull up your ankle socks and take a trip with us, as we unearth fascinating images of tennis in Victoria through the years.
Under the love umbrella
Join us for a soothing tour under the roof of the dome – our very own 'love umbrella'.
Fantastic beasts: unicorns, manticores and mermaids
Join Senior Librarian Dr Anna Welch as she explores the curious mythical animals once featured in our natural history books.
Melbourne's lost department stores
In this episode of From the Vault we take you back in time to the golden era of Melbourne retail and department stores.
From tablet to codex & beyond: the history of the book
Join Senior librarian Dr Anna Welch to discover how changes in the physical form of the book have revolutionised the way we take in information and ideas.
The mysterious tin shed in Melbourne's CBD
This episode of From the Vault explores the story of a humble corrugated iron building which sat in the middle of the city for decades.