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Museum Lectures

Discovering hidden treasures

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The exhibition Treasures of the Natural World features over 200 important objects hand-picked from the Natural History Museum in London that illustrate the seminal moments of Western Science and chart a new understanding of the natural world.

Lectures in this series will explore aspects of the exhibition, contemporary research that continues to expand our understanding of the natural world and will highlight how we can care for species and ecosystems at a time of rapid change.

Upcoming lectures

Exploring Extraordinary Treasures

Wednesday 27 October | 6pm–7.15pm

Join our museum experts, a marine biologist, an objects conservator, an historian, and a rare books librarian as they share their favourite objects from Treasures of the Natural World.


Past lectures

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Deep sea creatures
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.

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