How to protect and salvage your flood damaged treasures

How to protect and salvage your flood damaged treasures

October 21, 2022

Collection Care:

Floodwaters in Victoria have caused significant damage to personal possessions and cultural heritage collections. Learn how to protect your treasures and salvage flood-damaged collections.

Lola Montez

From Bavaria to Ballarat: wild times with Lola Montez

October 19, 2022

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

From love affairs with kings, to political intrigue, to wild times in the Australian goldfields and cities, few have lived lives as riotous or colourful as Lola Montez.

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

October 13, 2022

Collection Care:

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is a key date in the calendar for all collecting institutions, big and small, entrusted with the care of irreplaceable cultural heritage. On this day, the Library joins Blue Shield Australia and other major Australian cultural institutions in raising awareness about the importance of disaster preparedness, response and recovery to protect and preserve our collections and the stories held within them.

Online Collection Spotlight: Disability in the modern world: History of a social movement

Online Collection Spotlight: Disability in the modern world: History of a social movement

October 9, 2022

Collection spotlights:

Are you interested in social justice or human rights? Are you keen to learn how people with disability stood up for their rights? If so, come on a journey into the online database Disability in the modern world: History of a social movement.

The family that grew up with the Melbourne Zoo

The family that grew up with the Melbourne Zoo

October 5, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Victorian history:

Learn how one family’s singular obsession with the natural world contributed to the Melbourne Zoo we know today.

From Frankston to Melbourne on foot: marathon running in Victoria

From Frankston to Melbourne on foot: marathon running in Victoria

October 2, 2022

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

On 10 October 1909, 54 runners lined up at Frankston to compete in the first ever Victorian Marathon. Since that date marathon races have been a constant, and much loved, feature of the Victorian sporting calendar.

Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle

September 30, 2022

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

There is always a romance to a bottle washed up on a lonely shore, containing a message from the past and from far away. This may be a message of greeting, of despair, for science or sometimes even a hoax.

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.

International Day for Universal Access to Information

International Day for Universal Access to Information

September 28, 2022

Ask a librarian:

The Library was founded in 1854 on principles of the right to access to information – one of the first free public libraries in the world. The UNESCO International Day for Universal Access to Information highlights the role access to information can play in contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 16, which is to promote ‘just, peaceful and inclusive societies.’

Express yourself and be yourself.

Online Collection Spotlight: Archives of sexuality and gender 

September 23, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

Attitudes to gender, sex, and sexuality have come a long way, and this database houses material that covers historical changes and related social movements. The oldest material dates back to the 16th century. Topics covered include LGBTQ studies, women studies, health and hygiene, sex education, and some forbidden books.

Such was life

Cheap holiday fares… advertising posters of the Victorian Railways

Cheap holiday fares… advertising posters of the Victorian Railways

January 27, 2023 0 comments

Let’s take a look at a selection of advertising posters used by the Victorian Railways in the 1930s and 1940s

Arts

Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichova – a pioneer of the wordless form

Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichova – a pioneer of the wordless form

January 18, 2023 4 comments

The Library’s Rare Books Collection holds many wordless graphic novels by masters of the form, including the recent addition of the first wordless graphic novel by a woman.