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Category: Melbourne

Museums, collections and history – Part 2 of 2

This is a continuation of Museums, collections and history – Part 1 of 2 The first cross-institutional exhibition mounted by Museum of Victoria was the ‘Story of Victoria’ which opened in 1984, the sesquicentenary of permanent European settlement in Victoria. Displays combined natural history and technology collections through new display techniques and the social history discipline, […]

Museums, collections and history – Part 1 of 2

In 1954 Richard T.M. Pescott wrote the first book-length history of the National Museum of Victoria, looking back at the 100 years since the institution was founded as the Museum of Natural and Economic Geology in 1854. The work, Collections of a Century, is very much a product of its time.[1] Pescott, Director of the […]

The library, the museum, and me

I love libraries and library buildings, from the huge New York Public Library to the British Library complete with Kings Library Tower rising up through its St Pancras site; the grand State Library of New South Wales, the venerable Bodleian in Oxford, our National Library of Australia and more. As a Melburnian working in the […]