November 2016

Check out the Victorian Community Award winning projects of 2016

Announced at the Arts Centre last month!

A book about the history of Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria was awarded top prize at this years’ Victorian Community History Awards at a ceremony held at the Arts Centre last month.

Mechanics’ Institutes in Victoria have historically been meeting places for adult education, entertainment and the arts. These Walls Speak Volumes: A History of Mechanics’ Institutes in Victoria by Pam Baragwanath and Ken James (pictured with Don Garden, President, Royal Historical Society Victoria), provides an insight into their pioneering role as one of Victoria’s earliest community organisations.

Magda Szubanski was awarded the Judges’ Special Prize for her autobiography Reckoning, delving into her father’s dark past, while Anne Doyle’s book about the Somali community of West Heidelberg, Wadaddi Nabadda. Paths to Peace, won the inaugural Cultural Diversity Award. 

Check out the full list of winners here.
And view photos from the ceremony on Flickr.


Help us celebrate our new photographic exhibition

From Mos to Mullets: now showing at the Victorian Archives Centre

Join us for an evening of interesting discussion, food and drink to celebrate the photographic exhibition Hair: From Mos to Mullets 1888 to 2016 at the Victorian Archives Centre. The curator of the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Naomi Cass, will also join us to discuss the role of archives in contemporary photography.

Thu 10 November
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM


Finish writing your book with Hazel Edwards

Hazel is bringing her year-long mentoring course to the Victorian Archives Centre in 2017!

Author Hazel Edwards is offering a year-long mentoring course at the Victorian Archives Centre next year. 

This masterclass will appeal to procrastinators and those involved with a non-fiction book length project who wish to finish their manuscripts within the year: subjects can include memoirs, autobiographies, 'how to' books and family histories. 

Visit our website for more information and sign-up details. 

Take a peek at Mad Dan's death mask 

Now showing at Old Treasury Building 


 

Mad Dan's death mask, on loan from the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology at Melbourne University, is on display as part of the Wild Colonial Boys exhibition at Old Treasury Building, now showing until August 2017. 

Here, curator Kate Luciano gives us a sneak peek at this fascinating item.

Discover the Archives: Box Hill

We're visiting Box Hill this month, join us!

Do you live near Box Hill? We're visiting the area later this month with our Public Records Advisory Council, while we're in town we're offering this free introduction to the archives including:

  • Introduction to our collection
  • Basic conservation skills
  • Digitisation Dos and Don'ts

Upcoming Events

What's coming up this month?

Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
'Mos to Mullets' exhibit
Victorian Archives Centre Foyer
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street


Sunday to Friday 10am-4pm
'Soldier On: WW1 Soldier Settler Stories'
Old Treasury Building
Melbourne, Spring Street


Sunday to Friday 10am-4pm
'Wild Colonial Boys: Bushrangers in Victoria'
Old Treasury Building
Melbourne, Spring Street


Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm
'Menagerie: Animals in Bendigo'
Featuring records from BRAC

Bendigo Art Gallery, View Street
Learn more

     

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Wednesday 9 Nov 9.30-10.30am
'Picture This'
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre
Geelong, 51 Little Malop St


Saturday 12 Nov 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Open Saturday


Tuesday 22 Nov 6pm-7pm
'Picture This'
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre
Geelong, 51 Little Malop St


Saturday 26 Nov 10am-4.30pm
Victorian Archives Centre Reading Room
North Melbourne, 99 Shiel Street
Open Saturday


Monday 28 Nov 10am-12.30pm
'Discover the Archives'
Box Hill Town Hall
1022 Whitehorse Rd

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