Join Curator Carolyn Fraser for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition.
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Discover the story behind this stand-out item in the Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition, on public display for the first time since 1935...
Listen to author Robert La Nauze talk with Graeme Davison about the work of colonial cabinet makers George Thwatites and sons.
Hear a lively panel discussion about the Confedrate ship Shenandoah's 1865 visit – an event that both thrilled and divided Melbourne.
Enjoy this lively panel discussion about legendary restaurateur Mietta O'Donnell, whose influence helped shape our foodie culture.
View a panel discussion on how the 1986 Russell Street bombing changed Melbourne forever, in this Making Public Histories seminar.
Hear Dr Stefan Schutt, a previous Library fellow, uncover the story behind many of Melbourne's fascinating ghost signs.