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Discover curiosities, treasures and the latest inspiring stories from our community and inside the Library

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Revealing The Ian Potter Queen's Hall

19 December 2019

Watch the stunning transformation of the Library's original 1856 reading room into the majestic The Ian Potter Queen's Hall.

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One object many stories: The Ashes

17 December 2019

Listen to a fascinating talk on the stories, history and significance of cricket's 'sacred soot'.

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Our new spaces are now open

06 December 2019

Watch the grand opening of our new spaces!

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Discover your transformed Library

05 December 2019

Your new sanctuary in the city is here to discover!

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Designing a world-class library

03 December 2019

Learn how world-class libraries are designed in this talk by Morten Schmidt, whose firm SHL co-led the design of the Library's new spaces.

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The women who invented The Ashes Urn

30 November 2019

Howzat! Gideon Haigh tells of two Australian women's pivotal contribution to a gentleman's game.

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Two books lay open on a pillow, their pages filled with cursive handwriting

An eyewitness account of the Eureka Stockade

30 November 2019

Read about historian Clare Wright's painstaking efforts to identify the anonymous author of a rare goldfields diary.

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A woman and man play guitar in a grand, two-storeyed Victorian room

The Orbweavers

30 November 2019

Watch a video with 2016 Creative Fellows Marita Dyson and Stuart Flanagan from the Orbweavers, discussing their inspirational research into West Melbourne's waterways.

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Ned Kelly's armour

Ned Kelly's armour

29 November 2019

Step inside the iconic suit of armour worn by Ned Kelly on the day he was arrested at Glenrowan.

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The dais in the dome

28 November 2019

Go behind the scenes to learn what the dais in the heart of the La Trobe Reading Room was used for.

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The Chief Librarian and the soap thieves

28 November 2019

Learn how the Library's Chief Librarian tracked down a gang of soap thieves in the 1880s.

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Melbourne's lost department stores

28 November 2019

Mourn the loss of Melbourne's famous department stores, in particular Manton's and Georges.

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