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Victoria’s Hidden History Goes On Show

28 April 2015

Victorians will have the opportunity to tour the state archives on Saturday 2 May when the Victorian Archives Centre opens its doors for Dig the Archives Open Day.

Dig the Archives is a joint initiative of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and the National Archives of Australia and provides Victorians with an opportunity to learn more about the hidden stories of Victoria.

Visitors will be able to take a tour of the massive repository of almost 100km of archives and chat with experts on topical history matters.

There will also be volunteer demonstrations and workshops in the Reading Room throughout the day to equip interested parties with the skills and knowledge to start a historical or family research project.

The special open day will run from 10am to 4.30pm at the Archives Centre at 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne. For more information, visit www.prov.vic.gov.auExternal Link

Quotes attributable to Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings

“The Victorian Archives Centre preserves over 100km of significant government records dating back to 1836.”

“From important decisions and events that have shaped our state, to documents and photographs that reflect our culture – these records are important for all Victorians to enjoy.”

“Families should take the opportunity to come down to the Archives Centre on this special open day and find out how easy it is to research their history.”

Quotes attributable to National Archives Director for Melbourne & Hobart, Ross Gibbs

“Whilst the Victorian Archives Centre is open to visitors all year round, it’s important to introduce the archives to a new audience.”

“Together we hold some of Australia’s most important and interesting records from defence and war service records, to Aboriginal and even coroner’s records.

“Not only is it imperative to preserve these collections, but it’s important for Victorians to know that they’re accessible.”

Quotes attributable to PROV’s Director and Keeper of Public Records, Justine Heazlewood

“There are many hidden stories to be found and you never know what you might discover about your family, your home or your neighbourhood here in the archives.”

“Maybe you’ll find one of your ancestors in an open criminal trial brief, or find your home in our series of old rare books, you’ll never know until you come in and take a look!”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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