Woman giving a presentation

Museums Victoria Lectures

Past event
Tickets no longer available

The Museums Victoria Lectures series brings insights from our research, our collections and the work of partner researchers and communities.

This event ended on 28 November 2023.

There are currently no items to display.

Past lectures

X close
Teenage looking at the camera she is sitting in front of an early Apple Computer
Teenage looking at the camera she is sitting in front of an early Apple Computer
25 October 2023

The Sunrise Classroom

Learn about a fascinating collection being developed at Museums Victoria that captures some of the earliest attempts to use computer programming and robotics in Victorian schools.

16 August 2023

Wonders of the Deep Sea

Research voyages in deep Australian waters in the Indian Ocean discovered marine life and underwater volcanoes never seen before.

12 July 2023

First Peoples Storytelling with Uncle Larry Walsh

Conversation about the importance of Elders, storytelling, and intergenerational knowledge with Uncle Larry Walsh. 

'Hesitance', Acrylic On Canvas Board, Zohreh Izadikia, 'Attache Case', Melbourne, 2015 Museums Victoria Collection
17 June 2023

Refugees, Art, Activism

'Attache Case', a collective of 41 miniature artworks by 21 refugees provides the focus for a panel discussion about refugees and art practice.

17 April 2023

Picturing the Universe

This lecture explores how fleeting astronomical moments in the solar system endure and are captured through mechanisms and images.

16 November 2022

Museum Gardens

In this lecture, you will hear the stories and underlying philosophies of the four beautiful gardens found at Melbourne Museum.

19 October 2022

Working Lives

Working life stories from the past and present told through the Museum’s diverse collections.

Group of glass vials on bench
14 Sep 2022

Playing it safe

Managing hazards in the museum's collection is vital. Find out how it can be done well.

Colourful snake skeleton
17 Aug 2022

Snap, CT scan, model, predict!

How are herpetologists using innovative approaches to understand and conserve rare, charismatic critters?

Close up of a child putting a raspberry in their mouth
20 Jul 2022

Kids, Food and Health

Why do some children find it harder than others to resist the temptations of unhealthy foods? And how can we explain some children’s refusal when it comes to eating healthy foods?

A painting of a large amphibian poking its head out of water that is covered in petal
13 Apr 2022

Fresh Approaches to Deep Time

Victoria, get to know your State Fossil Emblem! Koolasuchus cleelandi is a 125-million-year-old monster amphibian, whose name literally means 'cool crocodile'.

a large green-coloured engine with four wheels, in front of a big old brick building
16 Mar 2022

Fresh Approaches to Big Old Things

Explore big objects in the museum's science and technology collection, in celebration of Scienceworks' 30th birthday.

Deep sea creatures
22 Sept 2021

Treasures of Deep Sea Science

Take a dive into the deep sea around Christmas Island with marine biologists Dr Tim O'Hara and Melanie Mackenzie. 

Joanna Sumner holding a lizard
21 Aug 2021

Fieldwork Treasures

Museums Victoria Curators share their fascinating work in the field revealing the extraordinary value of research and collections in museums.

17 Jul 2021

Favourite Treasures

Curators’ stories of extraordinary objects. Get a deeper insight into these extraordinary items and what they tell us about our amazing living world.

Black and white image of a group of women and girls
19 Jun 2021

Stories of women from the collections

Museums Victoria Research Associates share the stories of women and girls they have found in collections dating back over 180 years.

Bird singing
19 May 2021

Fire | Present

Three conservation-focused scientists will talk about their work in the time after fires, and show how it can contribute to conservation and management.

Small grass fire
28 Apr 2021

Fire | Future

How could Indigenous bush-burning methods improve our response to climate change?

Forest of blackened, burned trees
17 Mar 2021

Fire | Past

We bring together curators of the Museums Victoria Bushfire Collection and a key community they worked with in the days following Black Saturday.

Child reading a sign in a playground
18 Nov 2020

Adapting the Curve: Panicking, pivoting and adapting

The economic impact of lockdown in Victoria.

Crochet with  'HUG'
21 Oct 2020

Living the Curve: Communities surviving together

How the declaration of the State of Emergency had an almost instantaneous effect on the lives of Victorians.

Microscopic image of a virus
16 Sep 2020

Flattening the Curve: The cutting edge

How we are documenting the Victorian science, public health and communication response to COVID-19 that combine to 'flatten the curve'.

26 Aug 2020

Why Models Work – The Makers Edition

Museums Victoria has been making models ‘in-house’ since 1854. Hear how and why in this the last lecture focusing on Mini Mega Model Museum.

Conservators Sarah Babister and Penny Byrne preparing the Roman Colosseum model made of cork by Richard Du Bourg (or Dubourg), London, circa 1800, before it goes on display in Melbourne Museum.
5 Aug 2020

Why Models Work – The History Edition

Museums Victoria Curators present models from the History Collection.

Iguandodon model
15 Jul 2020

Why Models Work – The Dinosaur Edition

Senior Curator Thomas Rich presents two centuries of changing ideas about the dinosaur Iguanodon.

17 Jun 2020

Why Models Work - The Technology Edition

Hear from the people who research, care for and activate the museums technology models on display in Mini Mega Model Museum.

Delicate pink glass structure
20 May 2020

Why Models Work - Animal, Mineral, Vegetable Edition

Explore the origins of intriguing science-based models in the Mega Mini Model Museum exhibition.

Miniature Gunditjmara Basket by artist Eva Ponting.
29 Apr 2020

Why Models Work – The First Peoples Edition

Presenting models from the Society and Technology and First Peoples collection that have big stories.

All past lectures are available on our YouTube channel.

Join our mailing list

We'll let you about upcoming lectures at Melbourne Museum. You can also follow us on twitter @LecturesMV.

Your details All fields are required



Join the mailing list and get the latest from our Museums direct to your inbox.

Share your thoughts to WIN

We'd love to hear about your experience with our website. Our survey takes less than 10 minutes and entries go in a draw to win a $100 gift voucher at our online store!