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...
See the winning performances of the champion and runner-up of the 2019 Victorian final of Australian Poetry Slam.
Progress, it turns out, is neither inevitable nor linear, but surely we shall overcome … Overcome the trolls, populists and neo-fascists....
Watch this short, enchanting video filmed in the iconic dome during White Night Melbourne 2019!
Watch the 2019 Redmond Barry Lecture presented by David McAllister, AM on his career at the Australian Ballet and the importance of dance.
Watch the 2019 Keith Murdoch Oration presented by the Chief Executive of News Corporation, Robert Thomson, on truth, trust and technology.
Take a guided look at Georgiana McCrae's portable paintbox and easel, featured in 'The changing face of Victoria' in autumn 2019.
Watch an absorbing debate in four rounds, presented by Dr Chris Kutarna in State Library Victoria's Corporate Speakers series.