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King Arthur through the ages

May 3, 2019

Arts & literature, Musicals, Such was life:

King Arthur has a rich artistic and cultural legacy. Explore the rise and rise of Arthur, a king for the ages. 

“Mentioned in dispatches”:    ways to research your military ancestors

“Mentioned in dispatches”: ways to research your military ancestors

April 18, 2019

Family matters:

Anzac Day is often a time when people think about the wartime experiences of their ancestors, and may contemplate researching them.

A hidden treasure, no more: Conservation treatment of ‘View of the north shore’

A hidden treasure, no more: Conservation treatment of ‘View of the north shore’

April 18, 2019

Our stories:

Conservation treatment has returned strength and aesthetic unity to this vibrant watercolour, allowing this important artwork to be appreciated by the public once more.

Robert Thomson delivers 2019 Keith Murdoch Oration

Robert Thomson delivers 2019 Keith Murdoch Oration

April 17, 2019

News, Talks:

The Chief Executive of News Corporation, Robert Thomson, delivered the 2019 Keith Murdoch Oration at State Library Victoria on Tuesday 16 April.

New listening in Arts : Autumn selections

New listening in Arts : Autumn selections

April 16, 2019

Arts, classical music, Film, Music, Musicals, Performing Arts, Popular music, Television:

New arrivals include this Autumn selection of popular, jazz, musical theatre, classical and film music on CD. Most are currently showcased on our wonderful listening posts in the Arts Reading… Read More ›

Walking the blue lake

Walking the blue lake

April 16, 2019

Buildings & streets, Cities & towns, Our stories:

Dr David Sornig ponders the history of West Melbourne’s lost wetlands, and takes us on a collective journey around the area.

Evolution of a fiery redhead

Evolution of a fiery redhead

April 4, 2019

Our stories:

One of the most enduring figures in Australian popular culture is ‘Miss Redhead’, who first appeared on the Bryant and May Redheads matchbox label in 1947.

Hang ten with Rennie Ellis

Hang ten with Rennie Ellis

April 2, 2019

Our stories, Sport:

Rennie Ellis combined his two true loves of surfing and photography when he captured the thrills of the annual Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach. A dozen of Ellis’s surf photographs are featured in The changing face of Victoria exhibition, ranging from 1970 to the mid-’80s.

Medieval lives: Working women in English society, 1300–1500

Medieval lives: Working women in English society, 1300–1500

March 29, 2019

Our stories, People & professions:

Until the late 20th century, the important role played by medieval women in the peasant household was largely ignored by historians.

Women changing the world, part three: Physical autonomy

Women changing the world, part three: Physical autonomy

March 28, 2019

Arts & literature, Our stories, Politics, Social life & customs:

In the third and final part of our exploration of works by women that have changed our world, we focus on women’s reproductive rights.

Such was life

Duels in Melbourne

Duels in Melbourne

August 16, 2019 0 comments

Early one Thursday morning in June 1839, two young men at an empty racecourse stood 16 paces from one another armed with pistols. They were preparing to engage in Melbourne’s first duel.

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New listening in Arts: Winter collection

New listening in Arts: Winter collection

July 9, 2019 0 comments

New arrivals include this collection of popular, jazz, classical, opera, musical theatre and film music on CD, to warm up those cold winter days. All are currently showcased on our… Read More ›