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The changing face of Victoria

Clockwise from top left: Rick Amor, Australian Council of Trade Unions poster, c.1985; home espresso machine, c.1958, collection of Sylvester Longo; water cask, 1803; rope knot; original 4oz KeepCup; Maurice Dunlevy, Stay alive: a handbook on survival, 1981; badges from the Riley and Ephemera Collection; protest sign, 2019; W.E. Murphy, History of the eight hours' movement, 1896
13 May 2021, 10:00am31 March 2022, 5:00pm
BookingsBookings not required
Location Dome Galleries, Level 5
The Dome
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Revolution comes in many forms – homemade protest badges from the 1980s, wooden water purifier barrels from the 1800s, a red anarchy flag flown by pioneering unionist ‘Chummy’ Flemming and a newly commissioned artwork challenging disposable camping culture at festivals.

The changing face of Victoria exhibition explores the spirit of activism and invention, and its impact on modern Victoria, through four everyday themes: water, workers’ rights, camping and coffee.

On showcase are more than 150 objects, artworks and photographs that reveal the large and small ways we can all make a difference in shaping our world. 90 per cent of these collection items have never been exhibited before.

To access the exhibition, turn right as you enter the Quad from the Swanston Street Welcome Zone and take the lift to level 5.

Explore our online exhibition, including curator insights and a virtual tour.