Velvet, Iron, Ashes | Ashes Urn Exhibition

Velvet, Iron, Ashes | Ashes Urn ExhibitionVelvet, Iron, Ashes | Ashes Urn Exhibition

Discover surprising connections between some of Victoria's greatest stories
Free exhibition | 24 October 2019 - 12 July 2020
State Library Victoria | Victoria Gallery

The iconic Ashes Urn* is coming home to Australia for only the third time in 137 years.

Discover surprising connections between extraordinary people, events and icons from Victoria's history. Follow your own path of exploration on a trail of unexpected, intertwined stories.

Velvet, Iron, Ashes opens up a new way of seeing our history and reveals as never before how our stories intersect. Find out how the armour of infamous bushranger Ned Kelly is connected to cricket's celebrated Ashes Urn, how fairy floss is connected to Victoria's Latrobe Valley electricity industry, and why the granddaughter of one of our prime ministers once wore a glittering velvet cloak that symbolised the Murray-Darling irrigation scheme.

Showcasing treasures from the Library's collection and from other major institutions and private collections, this captivating exhibition will inspire you to make discoveries of your own.

Spend time with our retro-style Map-o-matic - custom-made for Velvet, Iron, Ashes - to create and print your very own personalised tour map of the exhibition.

Velvet, Iron, Ashes is the inaugural exhibition in the new Victoria Gallery endowed by the John and Myriam Wylie Foundation and established as part of the Library's transformative $88.1 million Vision 2020 redevelopment.

*The Ashes Urn will be on exclusive display at the Library for a limited time from November 2019 to February 2020.


When & Where


Date/s: Thursday 24th October 2019 - Sunday 12th July 2020

Times: 10am-6pm

Venue || Location


 State Library of Victoria  Events 9 Events
⊜ 328 Swanston Street Melbourne | Map
State Library of Victoria328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, , 3000
✆ Event: | Venue: +61 3 8664 7000


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