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25for25: Celebrating 25 years of digitisation

25for25: Celebrating 25 years of digitisation

August 17, 2015

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Library’s digitisation program. From lantern slides and glass negatives to maps, posters and sheet music, our team have made more than two million files available online.

Sonya Hartnett on the power of the manuscript

Sonya Hartnett on the power of the manuscript

August 7, 2015

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As a child, celebrated Australian author Sonya Hartnett, submitted her handmade manuscripts to publishers. In this speech she reflects on how much has changed since then.

The conscience of colonial society

The conscience of colonial society

July 16, 2015

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Shortly it will be the 200th anniversary of Samuel Thomas Gill’s birth in Somerset in England. STG, as he was universally known, died unrecognised on the steps of the GPO in Melbourne in 1880.

How to make a 19th-century papercraft dog

How to make a 19th-century papercraft dog

July 16, 2015

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Today we paws to celebrate the work of 19th-century Australian artist ST Gill, the subject of our new exhibition Australian sketchbook: Colonial life and the art of ST Gill.

The SLV paper run

The SLV paper run

June 26, 2015

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So we’ve all heard that newspapers are on their last legs, right? To be replaced entirely by digital editions? Well the Library still receives about 280 papers each week.

Celebrating children’s literature at the Library

Celebrating children’s literature at the Library

June 24, 2015

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In this special guest post Juliet O’Conor, our Children’s Research Librarian – best job ever – takes us through highlights from our collection.

Finding inspiration: An interview with Julius Bryant

Finding inspiration: An interview with Julius Bryant

May 29, 2015

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Curator Julius Bryant tells us how the Victoria and Albert Museum’s National Art Library inspires designers.

Inside the conservation of a 13th-century bible

Inside the conservation of a 13th-century bible

May 19, 2015

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Enter the facinating world of conservation, where scientific experimentation and artistry come together to uncover layers of history.

Gracia & Louise on making artists’ books

Gracia & Louise on making artists’ books

April 27, 2015

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Discover the incredible work of our special guest bloggers, Melbourne paper artists Gracia & Louise.

Wattle blooms in Palmer Hall

Wattle blooms in Palmer Hall

April 8, 2015

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Today poppies denote WWI remembrance, but a sprig of yellow wattle symbolised home for many Australians at war.