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Where

Museum Theatre
Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

Stories from the Royal Exhibition Building

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.

Group of Bicycle Riders with Exhibition Building in the background, Carlton, 1920s-1930s.
Group of Bicycle Riders with Exhibition Building in the background, Carlton, 1920s-1930s.
Source: Museums Victoria Collection
Photo: Photographer: Les H. Pritchard
'RAAF Trench Diggers Champ Team', Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria, 1942.
'RAAF Trench Diggers Champ Team', Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria, 1942.
Source: Museums Victoria Collection
Photo: Photographer: Mr Jack Van Emden

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?

Read about Museums Victoria's Royal Exhibition Building Collection.

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For any enquiries please contact Fiona Kinsey at [email protected].
 

Speaker

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. 

Banner image: George, June & Brian Foster at the Migrant Reception Centre, Royal Exhibition Building,  June 1955, Museums Victoria Collection.

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