Join Curator Carolyn Fraser for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition.
History & politics49Collection insights39Exhibitions34Australian history28art26Artists & writers24Family History Feast20Popular culture18world of the book16art & design16Culture16printmaking14WWI13architecture13illustration12war12military12Big ideas under the dome12world of the book12Rome: Piranesi's vision11Australian history11Giovanni Battista Piranesi11literature11State Library Victoria11performance10books10rare books9children's books9family history feast9History of the book8creative fellows8Family history7music7Writing the war7human rights7creative fellows7Victorian history7family history7Library collections6Poetry Slam6cultural history6Foxcroft Lecture6library6library fellowships6Melbourne5artists' books5WWII5fellowships5education5literature5social justice5Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture5Exhibition talks & tours4Redmond Barry lecture4Redmond Barry Lecture4Library collections4indigenous people4performance4poetry slam4poetry4digital technology4culture4history4library fellowships4foxcroft lecture4journalism3storytelling3Artists' books3food3author in conversation3gender issues3White Night3history of the book3Collection insights3artists and writers3genealogy3culinary history3persian manuscripts3collections3exhibitions3one object many stories3Gusto!3victorian history3author in conversation3Don Grant Lecture3food2popular culture2family history records2pop culture2Exhibitions & tours2fellowship2world war one2books2literacy2design2velvet iron ashes2graphic design2spoken word2Making Public Histories2art2victoria gallery2Law2book printing2Ned Kelly2Indigenous people2music2rare books2State Library of Victoria2social justice2foreign policy2diaries and manuscripts2Gallipoli2interior design2health2national security2Ned Kelly2library fellows2velvet iron ashes2Indigenous Australians2Environment2Journalism2victoria gallery2
Browse our audio and video
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.