Articles by: Tess McLaughlan

In conversation: Handmade Universe Curator, Linda Short

In conversation: Handmade Universe Curator, Linda Short

September 29, 2022

Exhibitions, News:

We chatted to Linda Short about how Handmade Universe came to be, and the best way to experience the stories it tells.

Preserving Marvellous Melbourne

Preserving Marvellous Melbourne

May 6, 2022

Collection Care, News, Our stories:

William Butterfield’s original drawings of St Paul’s Cathedral are in urgent need of conservation treatment. Learn how the Library’s working to preserve the plans for the State Collection, and how you can help.

Found Works by Sue Dymoke

Found Works by Sue Dymoke

April 7, 2022

Events, News:

During her time as the Library’s Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature virtual writer-in-residence, Sue Dymoke created a series of Found Works poetry inspired by our digital collection.

La Trobe Reading Room, State Library Victoria

A poem for the dome

November 25, 2021


Writer, poet and broadcaster Alicia Sometimes has penned a touching poem dedicated to the La Trobe Reading Room.

Spooky stories from the Library

Spooky stories from the Library

October 29, 2021


In celebration of the spooky season, we asked staff at the Library to share some eerie, mysterious and spine-chilling tales from their years, and sometimes decades, walking its historic halls.

Melting Moments, 2021. The Huxleys, photographer. This work is in copyright.

Collecting during a closure

October 15, 2021

About us, News:

The doors to the Library building may be closed, but our extensive and diverse collection is continuing to grow thanks to the work of our talented librarians.

Science for Preschoolers

Science for Pre-schoolers on fostering curiosity in children

September 9, 2021

Events, News:

We interviewed co-founder Joelle about what to expect from Playdate at the Library this spring, and how scientific thinking can help kids develop important life skills.

The Wardian case by Luke Keogh

Book extract: The Wardian case by Luke Keogh

September 6, 2021

Announcements, News:

Read an edited extract from previous fellow Luke Keogh’s award-winning book The Wardian case: how a simple box moved plants and changed the world.

Luke Keogh at the National Wool Museum

In conversation: curator and historian Luke Keogh

August 25, 2021

Collection, News:

Previous Redmond Barry fellow Luke Keogh’s latest book details a fascinating untold story in natural history, and was recently shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Award.

An appreciation : the Arch of Victory & Avenue of Honour, Ballarat

The Lucas Girls: A match to remember Q&A

March 10, 2021


We spoke to Belinda Ensor and Joel Checkley, the creators of The Lucas Girls: A match to remember, about the story behind their short film.