An assortment of gadgetry and materials used in the Wolbers workshop

The game changer: advances in paper conservation

June 28, 2018

Our stories:

Paper is inherently fragile and unforgiving. Our Conservation team, faced with a variety of stains resulting from light damage, poor storage, natural ageing and tape use, work to reduce the rate of deterioration and lengthen the life of paper collection items. Learn about new methods of washing and stain reduction that have recently transformed their work with paper objects.

The dais in the dome

The dais in the dome

June 25, 2018

Our stories, Such was life:

Once upon a time a staff member sat in the dais in the La Trobe Reading Room, watching over any chattering public. I asked two long term SLV librarians how this used to work.

Polydor; Universal Music Australia, 2011

New listening in Arts: great winter selections

June 22, 2018

Arts, Film, Music, Musicals, Popular music:

Warm up the coldest winter with some great new arrivals in pop, rock, jazz, musical theatre and film soundtracks featuring these wonderful additions to the Library’s music collection.

Cremorne Gardens from South Side of Yarra nr Col- Andersons, ST Gill, 1855

On a visit to the Cremorne Gardens

June 13, 2018

Cities & towns, Exhibitions, People & professions:

Opened in 1853 on the banks of the Yarra River, the Cremorne Gardens was Melbourne’s first amusement park. Featuring fireworks displays, tightrope dancers and Australia’s first hot air balloon ascent, the gardens brought theatre and spectacle to the newly established British colony.

New program to kickstart creative startups

New program to kickstart creative startups

June 7, 2018

News:

Victorian creativity and business nous are set to combine with the announcement of Foundry658, a new Victorian Government business development program aimed to kickstart the next generation of creative and cultural businesses.

8 things students can do in the Library

8 things students can do in the Library

May 31, 2018

Library services, News:

Right now, everywhere you look in the Library, you’ll find students knuckling down for intensive study in the lead up to exams. Students make up one-third of our visitors, so we’ve put together this list with you in mind. We hope it helps you to find what you need (and maybe didn’t even know you needed) so that you can make it through this busy time.

Meet our new volunteer greeters

Meet our new volunteer greeters

May 23, 2018

News, Our stories:

Our greeters come from diverse backgrounds and have unique reasons for deciding to join the Library as volunteers. To celebrate National Volunteer Week, let us introduce you to four members of the first ever cohort!

Eagle Hawk, Bendigo. 1852, ST Gill

An American on the goldfields of Victoria

May 22, 2018

People & professions, Such was life:

The rich goldfields of Victoria attracted thousands of migrants and prospectors from all corners of the globe, but they were not rich for everyone.

Love, conflict, religion, politics, tragedy…

Love, conflict, religion, politics, tragedy…

May 16, 2018

People & professions, Such was life:

A minister of religion and a young lady confronted by a rejected suitor and his angry mother, a court case, battles over alcohol laws, fiery preaching, love, tragedy and death. Just one small story in the pages of Trove historical newspapers.

Isabella Fraser Room design render

State Library Victoria named best specialty venue in Australia

May 11, 2018

Events, News:

State Library Victoria has been named one of Australia’s best venues by the events industry national peak body. The Library won the ‘best unique event venue without accommodation’ category at… Read More ›

Such was life

The ancient art of bellringing

The ancient art of bellringing

October 1, 2018 11 comments

The ancient art of bellringing is harder than it looks. Bellringers require confidence and stamina, not to mention an excellent memory.

Arts

New listening post sounds in Arts

New listening post sounds in Arts

October 11, 2018 0 comments

There are some great new arrivals in pop, rock, film soundtracks, opera and classical featuring the following additions to the Library’s music collection, currently showcased on our wonderful new listening posts in the Arts Reading Room.