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PLEASE NOTE: Upcoming Dec/Jan closures

Researchers please be aware of upcoming closures in the lead up to Christmas and New Year.  Victorian Archives Centre The Reading Room will close at 12pm Friday 9 December 2016 and re-open Monday 12 December.  The Reading Room will close for Christmas and New Year from 12pm Friday 23 December 2016 until 10am Tuesday 3 January.  Cafe […]

Celebrating 60 Years since the 1956 Melbourne Olympics

On the 22nd of November 1956, Melbourne began its two week run as host city of the Olympic Games. It was the first time the Games were held in the Southern Hemisphere and the first in which all athletes walked the closing ceremony together.  Public Record Office Victoria holds many fantastic records from the 1956 Games […]

Finish Writing Your Book with Hazel Edwards

In conjunction with Public Record Office Victoria, Hazel Edwards is offering a year long non-fiction Master Class with the aim of participants completing their books by December 2017. Due to the ongoing popularity of Hazel’s ‘Writing a Non Boring Family History’ workshops and talks at the Victorian Archives Centre, there have been requests for longer […]

Local history projects honoured at the 2016 Victorian Community History Awards

A book about the history of Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria has been awarded top prize at this years’ Victorian Community History Awards at a ceremony held at the Arts Centre today. Mechanics’ Institutes in Victoria have historically been meeting places for adult education, entertainment and the arts. The book These Walls Speak Volumes: A History […]

Try our new website and search

A new PROV website beta.prov.vic.gov.au is now available to provide you with a faster search experience and simpler navigation options, making finding what you’re looking for a lot easier. You’ll also be able to search directly through topic pages making our most popular collections much easier to access. The new website features include: Searchable topic pages for our most popular collections A handy list of common […]

From Mos to Mullets: now showing at the Victorian Archives Centre

Your hair is your own. At the same time, hair forms part of our shared experiences as diverse communities. When brought under the gaze of others, hair becomes a marker of identity, gender and culture. In archival photography, hair also functions as a kind of visual time stamp. Wondering when a photo was taken? Well, […]

Discover new stories of Victoria’s bushrangers at the Old Treasury Building

If you thought you knew all about Victoria’s bushrangers, think again. There’s far more to it than the story of Ned Kelly. Were they Colonial ‘Robin Hoods’ or murderous thugs? From the 19th of September, a new exhibition at the Old Treasury Building will reveal the long history of bushranging in Victoria, with some new […]

Attention street snappers!

Would you like to see your photographs displayed alongside images from the state’s archival collection?  The Victorian Archives Centre’s Archives Gallery is a community gallery space welcoming street photographers interested in exhibiting their photographs. Every four months, the gallery will display a new selection of Government archival photographs based on a theme, dating back to late […]

Exploring Melbourne style through the archives

“Fashions fade, style is eternal,” Yves Saint Laurent. With Melbourne Spring Fashion Week right around the corner it’s an opportune time to explore the style and fashion of Melbourne’s past.  The photographers of these images worked for the Public Transport Corporation and Melbourne Harbour Trust and through their lenses they’ve captured fashions of Melbourne ranging from the 1800s […]

Family History Month across Victoria

Discover your family history in the archives this Family History Month: Victorian Archives Centre 5 August, Tour of the archives, Victorian Archives Centre, bookings required. 8 August, Family History Feast, State Library Victoria, bookings required. 18 August, Speaker series event, Victorian Archives Centre, bookings required.  Bendigo Regional Archives Centre 9 August, Discovering your ancestors in the archives, Bendigo […]

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