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Historical drawing of a manticore
15 December 2020

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.

From the Vault department stores
11 December 2020

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.

Woman with pink hair smiling next to cover of book
10 December 2020

Julianne Negri Story Talks

In this three-part series author Julianne Negri ensnares the senses and lets your imagination run wild with creative reading and writing activities.

Headshot of a woman next to Bindi book cover
10 December 2020

Kirli Saunders Story Talks

Tune in to hear about Kirli's new book and learn how to celebrate and take care of Country.

Black and white photo of a man smiling
10 December 2020

Story Talks with Boori Monty Pryor

Be transported by the creative tales of the famed storyteller and author of My Girragundji.

A manuscript lays unfurled from its scroll
08 December 2020

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.

Sepia photo of a tin shed next to Melbourne's post office
04 December 2020

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.

The spines of hardcover books of various heights and sizes sit on a shelf
01 December 2020

Restricted books

Principal librarian Des Cowley lifts the curtain on books that were once kept hidden, because of their apparently dangerous and controversial ideas.

Man lying on black and white pattered ground
30 November 2020

‘Behind the Paint’, Shannyn Higgins’ vibrant portraits of street artists

In this striking portrait series, Victoria’s most prolific street artists dive in to the world they’ve created, and invite you to join them.

Black and while aerial shot of St Kilda foreshore
26 November 2020

The breathtaking aerial photography of 'Airspy'

The story behind these stunning bird's-eye photos is just as amazing as the images themselves.

A long-haired, smiling woman in overalls holds up a sign saying 'A good idea'
24 November 2020


In this short film, Principal Librarian Des Cowley shows stunning examples of Australian photobooks on display in our 'World of the book' exhibition.

19 November 2020

'Guide Alice': Mt Buffalo's original rebel, guide and photographer

Enjoy the photography and adventurous stories of Alice Manfield in this episode of From the Vault.