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What’s On at PMI Library

The PMI has an annual calendar of educational activities relating to the history of Victoria which are all free of charge and open to the public. Subscribe to our newsletter to see what’s coming up at the PMI or look at our past events page to see a list of speakers and topics covered in past years.

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2017 Open House Melbourne

PMI Library Open Day

Saturday 29 July 2017, 10AM-4PM

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The PMI Victorian History Library is one again taking part in Open House Melbourne.

Open House Melbourne is celebrating the organisation’s 10th Anniversary.   On Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, over 200 buildings around Melbourne will open their doors to the public.

Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle AC encourages Melburnians and visitors to attend this unique event. “Melbourne’s contemporary and heritage architecture gives our city its unique character and the stories behind our buildings are important chapters in our history,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Each year thousands of visitors have the opportunity to explore some of Melbourne’s most magnificent buildings and enjoy rare access to the nooks and crannies that are not usually accessible to the public.

The Victorian History Library will be open on Saturday 29 July from 10am-4pm.

Special Program

A joint exhibition from the Australian Railway Historical Society, the Hawthorn Tramway Museum, the Cinema and Theatre Historical Society, the Mechanics’ Institute of Victoria and the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute will be on display throughout the library. The display will showcase a range of railway and tram, cinema and theatre, and mechanics’ institute memorabilia and artifacts including photographs, timetables, advertising, uniforms and models.

Library staff, volunteers and committee members will also be available to show visitors around the building and the collections. The archives of the MIV and CATHS will be open for inspection by Open House visitors.

The Open House Melbourne 2017 Printed Program is now available to pre-order exclusively through Readings online. The program will also be available to purchase in-store at Readings locations in Carlton, Hawthorn, Malvern, St Kilda and the State Library later this month.

BOOKINGS NOT REQUIRED


PMI Press Book Launch

Where Did All the Blacksmiths Go?

Saturday 12 August 2017, 1:30PM

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Meet the author, Shirley Xanthos at the launch of the latest PMI Press Publication Where Did All the Blacksmiths Go?

Thousands of years ago man made fire, man heated rock, man discovered by heating rock he could improve his weapons for hunting for food. This same man became intelligent enough to improve on these procedures and began making more sophisticated implements and weapons. This man became known as a blacksmith. With these skilful men communities grew, villages became towns, towns became cities and with growth came hunger and criminals. Britain sent its undesirables to the new colonies. Australia benefited from the abilities of these men but industrialisation raised factories and with them the loss of thousands of skilled tradesmen. So where did all the blacksmiths go?

This event will feature a talk, a brief reading from the book and an opportunity to purchase signed copies.  Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT BUT PLACES ARE LIMITED, SO BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL


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National Family History Month

Family History Lesson

Saturday 19 August 2017, 10:30am – 2:30pm

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Find out how you can get organised and save time and money when researching your family history. Wendy and Jill will also walk you through various websites including Ancestry, the State Archives and Trove and give you tips on how to make good use of the Victorian History Library and search the catalogue.

See examples of various items such as family history charts and decorative boards.

  • Suitable for all levels of interest in family history
  • Refreshments Provided (Tea, Coffee, Biscuits) | BYO Lunch
  • Free Wifi

Program

Session 1 (10:30am)
  1. Getting Organised
  2. Free Online Resources
  3. Physical Resources
Session 2 (12:45pm)
  1. Further Resources
  2. Question and Answer time
  3. Summary

Where:

William Mason Room, PMI Victorian History Library

What Should I Bring?

  • Note book, Pen
  • Laptop (optional) – fully charged, as power points may not be available. Free WiFi is available.
  • Lunch – You are welcome to make use of the PMI Victorian History Library Tea Room or William Moss Room if you wish to bring your lunch from home. Alternatively, there are many cafes within walking distance.

Please note you are welcome to bring a recording device should you wish to record the information for future reference.

THIS IS A FREE EVENT BUT PLACES ARE LIMITED, SO BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

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National Family History Month

Journey into Your Past: Research skills for beginner family historians with Alison Boundy

Saturday 19 August 2017, 3PM

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Alison Boundy is a retired teacher-librarian who has been researching her family history since 1995. Using the research of her Mother’s family as an example, Alison will discuss how beginner family historians can explore their family history.

  • Aimed at beginner family historians but suitable for all levels of interest in family history
  • Refreshments Provided (Tea, Coffee, Biscuits) | BYO Lunch
  • Free Wifi

Where:

William Mason Room, PMI Victorian History Library

THIS IS A FREE EVENT BUT PLACES ARE LIMITED, SO BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

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PMI VICTORIAN HISTORY LIBRARY GENERAL EVENTS TERMS AND CONDITIONS


The PMI Victorian History Library (PMI) are committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment for our customers, visitors and staff.

Unsociable behaviour such as harassment, aggression or the use of inappropriate language, is not acceptable.

The PMI reserves the right to prohibit entry of any person to a PMI event, or eject any person from a PMI event based on behaviour deemed inappropriate by PMI staff and/or its agents and others working under its authority.

The PMI may contact you on the email provided during the booking process to advise you about any change to an event or venue or to invite you to complete an online feedback form.


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