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This is Velvet, Iron, Ashes

  • Date recorded: 21 Oct 2019

  • Duration: 02:32

This exhibition is somewhat different to other exhibitions that you might find here at the Library. It doesn't tell a particular story or a particular chronology, but rather it tells a number of stories that have interconnections you may not expect.

– Carolyn Fraser

About this video

Join Curator Carolyn Fraser for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition.

Carolyn points out some of the exhibition's unique items – including Ned Kelly's armour and Jessie Clarke's Pageant of Nations costume – and discusses the surprising connections between them.

Velvet, Iron, Ashes was the inaugural exhibition in the Library's Victoria Gallery. 


Carolyn Fraser: Velvet, Iron, Ashes curator