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Free Lecture: Blue Note President Don Was

Join us before Nocturnal X Jazz for a free lecture by Blue Note Records President, Don Was.


Talking About A Revolution

A series of intimate evenings of music and conversation, inspired by our latest blockbuster exhibition, Revolutions: Records to Rebels.

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A crowd gathered outside the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Bennett's Lane, Melbourne.

The History of Money: Part 3 The Welfare State

Join us for the final talk of our discovery debate series Money, Trade and the Human Experience.

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Museum Lectures

Come on a journey of discovery with a program of talks.

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Refugees, Museums and the Digital Diaspora

Discover how social media is connecting refugees - and learn about its impact on Museums Victoria’s engagement with refugee culture and collections.

Melbourne Rare Book Week

Melbourne Rare Book Week

Join us for a series of expert talks as Melbourne Rare Book Week celebrates it's eighth year. 

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Ten Enemies of Books

Join conservator Alice Cannon for a contemplation on how books can be lost, destroyed, damaged and saved.

Three small birds with black and yellow feathers, and a pink breast. Two birds are perched on leafy branches while one flies above.

The Birdman and the Museum

This show-and-tell offers a unique insight into the relationship between Museums Victoria and the renowned ornithologist and publisher, John Gould, through rarely seen items from the library and archives.


Theft from Collecting Institutions

Join one of our experts to hear about astonishing histories of thefts from major Australian cultural institutions that have occurred across their histories, including thefts of valuable rare books.


Promoting Rare Books & Special Collections

Three library experts discuss their experiences in marketing and promotion of rare books.

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Young Blak Professionals Working in GLAM Industries

Join us as our speakers explores what it means to be young and Blak working in the GLAM Sector

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Lost in Translation

Discover this amazing story of cross-cultural knowledge exchange between the museum and the Yaghan community in South America.

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Eel feeding

Watch a writhing mass of hungry eels gobble up their lunch!

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