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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 is the inaugural exhibition in the Library's Victoria Gallery. The exhibition is free and runs from 24 October 2019 to 12 July 2020.


Carolyn Fraser: Velvet, Iron, Ashes curator