Take a guided look at Georgiana McCrae's portable paintbox and easel, featured in 'The changing face of Victoria' in autumn 2019.
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Watch as Ned Kelly's iconic armour is deinstalled in preparation for its move to the new Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition.
See novelist Alexis Wright deliver the 2018 Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture on censorship, stories and Aboriginal experience.
Watch a short video of Ruth Pullin discussing the work of colonial landscape painter, Eugene von Guérard.
Hear award-winning writer, editor and anthologist Bruce Pascoe deliver the 2017 Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture.
Watch an engaging discussion about colonial administrator, Charles La Trobe, with his biographer John Barnes and State Library's Kevin Molloy.
Enjoy a discussion with Minna Muhlen-Schulte and Dr Sandra McComb, in a conversation about researching and writing biographical articles.
Join Creative Fellow Sharon Huebner on a journey of connection as two Indigenous families reclaim their history from the archives.
Watch part two of this historic event in which Bessy Flowers' descendants share their stories of discovering their ancestor and each other.