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Velvet, Iron, Ashes tour


11 March 2020, 1:00pm2:00pm
18 March 2020, 1:00pm2:00pm
25 March 2020, 1:00pm2:00pm
01 April 2020, 1:00pm2:00pm
08 April 2020, 1:00pm2:00pm
15 April 2020, 1:00pm2:00pm
22 April 2020, 1:00pm2:00pm
29 April 2020, 1:00pm2:00pm
06 May 2020, 1:00pm2:00pm
13 May 2020, 1:00pm2:00pm
20 May 2020, 1:00pm2:00pm
27 May 2020, 1:00pm2:00pm
Location Hansen Hall
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Tour cancelled

State Library Victoria is temporarily closed until further notice and all Library programs are cancelled or postponed until at least 13 April 2020. Full refunds will be issued and the Library will be in touch with ticket holders over the coming weeks. This does not affect events by Showtime Event Group.

This decision was not taken lightly and is a preventative step to to support the health and wellbeing of staff and volunteers and help stem the spread of COVID-19 in the Victorian community.

For full details on State Library Victoria’s temporary closure please visit our information page.

About the Velvet, Iron, Ashes tour

Join this free weekly tour in the newly refurbished Victoria Gallery and see highlights of theVelvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition. Velvet, Iron, Ashes opens up a new way of seeing our history and reveals as never before how our stories intersect. Find out how the armour of infamous bushranger Ned Kelly is connected to cricket’s celebrated Ashes Urn, how fairy floss is connected to Victoria’s Latrobe Valley electricity industry, and why the granddaughter of one of our prime ministers once wore a glittering velvet cloak that symbolised the Murray–Darling irrigation scheme.

If you'd like to borrow a portable audio loop unit before joining a guided tour or attending an event, ask your tour guide or staff in the Russell Street Welcome Zone for assistance.

For school tours, browse our range of programs for primary and secondary school groups, led by education professionals.

The original Ashes Urn was on exclusive display from 26 November 2019 to 23 February 2020.