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Open House Melbourne: Storing the collection

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Sutcliffe Pty Ltd photographer, 1918 Interior of the Domed Reading Room, showing men standing on a portable scaffold, suspended from the ceiling, to enable repairs to the glass skylights. [Detail] Photograph: gelatin silver.
27 July 201928 July 2019
Bookings open 12 July
Location Meet next to Readings Bookshop
Russell Street Welcome Zone
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

State Library Victoria is home to more than 5.1 million items, including 2 million books, journals and magazines, 114,000 maps, and more than 8 kilometres of manuscripts – enough to wrap around the MCG over 17 times. A dizzying 78,00 items are added each year.

The storage of these rare and sometimes fragile materials is part science, part art. On this behind-the-scenes tour you will discover the secrets of the specialised furniture that safely houses an incredible variety of collection items, explore how delicate paintings and artworks are kept in pristine condition, and learn the ins and outs of storing hundreds of thousands architectural drawings and maps.


Visit the Open House website to view the program in full.