Velvet, Iron, Ashes

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition at State Library Victoria, is currently closed. However, continue to explore the exhibition online​ and even step inside using Google Maps.

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.

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.
Velvet, Iron, Ashes is open 10am-6pm daily.

24 Oct - 31 Dec

State Library Victoria (SLV)

328 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000