If Walls Could Talk

Stories from the Royal Exhibition Building

Michelle Stevenson

The world's oldest remaining Great Hall has seen a thing or two in its 138 years. Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building and its grounds – the leafy Carlton Gardens – have hosted international exhibitions and federal parliamentarians to hot-rod shows and quilting conventions.

But it’s the building’s more intimate moments and lesser-known stories that have piqued Michelle Stevenson's interest. She is Senior Curator of Politics & Society at Museums Victoria and has unearthed some tall tales (and true!) from beneath the building’s soaring dome that just may take your breath away. What better way to spend World Heritage Day than discovering the secret life of a national icon?

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Michelle Stevenson is Senior Curator of Politics & Society at Museums Victoria. She loves history and heritage, and enjoys uncovering and sharing the secret life of things. She is passionate about working creatively and collaboratively to connect objects and stories with the community in engaging and entertaining ways.

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