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The stories on this page draw inspiration from the growing pool of shared material culture on Victorian Collections. Each story brings together items gathered by different organisations, celebrating the diversity of collections held across Victoria.

Every cultural artefact has a story to tell. If you have an idea for a story drawn from Victorian Collections, please contact us to find out about becoming a guest curator.

Collecting Fire: A new kind of practice

7 Feb 2019

“While museums have traditionally aspired to collect “the real thing” and to create repositories of tangible evidence of our collective past, the essence of this project and its emerging collection was in making real the intangible through personal stories, symbols, and metaphors – giving form to matters of the heart. A new kind of museum practice was therefore needed.” - Sites of Trauma: Contemporary Collecting and Natural Disaster

Curated By

Lauren McAlary, Veterans Heritage Project Manager

Prisoner of War & Internment Camps: Tatura and Rushworth

1 Oct 2018

During the First World War, the theatres of Europe felt worlds away for Australians on the home front. The Second World War’s Pacific stage brought war closer to home. For some Victorian country towns, the repercussions of war arrived right on their doorstep.

Curated By

Alana Bennett Mazzilli, Work experience student, Academy of Mary Immaculate

Summon the Living

24 Jul 2018

Bells from Victorian community collections.

Curated By

Kitty Owens, Manager, Exhibition Services, Museums Australia (Victoria)

The Dolls of Victoria: An unveiled toy story

26 Jun 2018

If some of the old dolls could only speak, to tell us their origin! - Fainges, 1993:11

Curated By

Marysabel Ramos, Business Support Officer, Selandra Community Hub, City of Casey.

Making and Using Transport on the Goldfields

28 Mar 2018

Ballarat’s coachbuilding industry and horse-drawn transport, as depicted in Victorian cultural collections.

Curated By

Carissa Goudey, Historian, Sovereign Hills Museums Association

Tides of Change: Women of the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW)

26 Feb 2018

Women in the workforce at the MMBW

Curated By

Natalie Mastoris, Historic Collections Assistant, Melbourne Water

Victorians and Native Birdlife

9 Jan 2018

An evolving relationship as illustrated through Victoria's cultural collections.

Curated By

Rohan Long, Technical Officer – Zoology and Collections Manager of the Tiegs Museum, School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science, University of Melbourne.

Breaking the Mould: The first police women in Victoria

30 Oct 2017

An account of the first police women in Victoria.

Curated By

Rachael Cottle, Volunteer, Victoria Police Museum

100,000 Discoveries

25 Oct 2017

A retrospective of Victorian Collections as we reach our first 100,000 objects

Curated By

The Victorian Collections Team, Guest Curators

The McIntyre Family

8 Sep 2017

The McIntyre brothers came home from World War I and with them they brought stories and objects that reflect their experiences during the war.

Curated By

Abbey Martin, Year 11, Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy

The Dreamer and the Cheerful Thing.

1 Jun 2017

Bob and Harold Snape in the First World War

Curated By

Walter Barber, Guest Curator

Stories of Support

18 Apr 2017

Institutional care through Victoria's cultural collections

Curated By

Rachael Cottle, Guest Curator

Another Night

9 Mar 2017

A short history of lighting, illustrated through Victoria's cultural collections

Curated By

Kitty Owens, Manager, Exhibition Services, Museums Australia (Victoria)

At the Going Down of the Sun

4 Jan 2017

Remembrance and Commemoration after the First World War

Curated By

Belinda Ensor, Manager, Victorian Collections

Stories of Women on the Land

25 Aug 2016

Women's agricultural heritage in Victorian cultural collections.

Curated By

Liza Dale-Hallett, Senior Curator, Sustainable Futures & Deputy Head (Collection Development), Humanities Department, Museum Victoria

SS Casino

2 Jun 2016

50 Years Steaming in Victoria's Western District

Curated By

Lynda Tieman, Collection manager

Symbols of Survival

8 Feb 2016

Prisoner of war and internee objects in Victorian cultural collections

Curated By

Cameron Auty, Victorian Collections Co-Manager