28 July 2018, 10:00am
28 July 2018, 11:00am
28 July 2018, 12:00pm
28 July 2018, 2:00pm
28 July 2018, 3:00pm
29 July 2018, 10:00am
29 July 2018, 11:00am
29 July 2018, 12:00pm
29 July 2018, 2:00pm
29 July 2018, 3:00pm
Bookings open July 13
|Location|| Meet in Swanston Street Foyer |
Swanston Street Welcome Zone
|Accessibility||Has wheelchair access|
Gain behind-the-scenes access to the Conservation Lab at State Library Victoria, where items from our collection of more than 5 million items go to be lovingly and expertly preserved for future generations. Hear about the day-to-day experience inside a working lab and find out about the colourful history of the space.
Opened in 1856 as the Melbourne Public Library, State Library Victoria is Australia's oldest public library and one of the first free public libraries in the world. We began with a collection of 3846 volumes and over the past 162 years have collected more than 5 million items including books, manuscripts, serials, photographs, artworks, maps, ephemera and more.
The Library is constantly evolving and over the next two years our Vision 2020 redevelopment project will transform our spaces, services and programs, including the reopening of The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, our original reading room and the oldest part of the Library. Newly designed spaces will also be created so that all Victorians and visitors can continue to be inspired by a world of possibilities.
Today in the Lab, specialist conservators treat a surprisingly diverse range of items from the Library’s collection, from textiles and photographs to paper, artworks and books.
About Open House Melbourne
Open house Melbourne is a public architecture organisation that advocates for better-designed cities by encouraging civic participation. Open House Melbourne runs a program of talks, tours, workshops, interviews, and special programs exploring the issues, challenges, and success stories of our built environment.