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Out of the Vaults: Pop!

Friday 6 October 2017 - 5:30pm to 7pm

The State Library works hard to collect items which focus on all aspects of today’s lifestyle, reflecting fads and fashions, amusements and our use of leisure. Join Curator Margot Riley for this special viewing of highlights from the Library’s rarely seen ephemera collection.

Out of the Vaults: French Surrealism on Bastille Day

Friday 14 July 2017 - 5:30pm to 7pm

Join us for this special Bastille Day event where we will bring out rare surrealist and symbolist texts donated to the Library by Randolph Hughes.

Out of the Vaults: Max Dupain (SOLD OUT)

Friday 21 April 2017 - 5:30pm to 7pm

Join curator Margot Riley as she discusses the impact of Dupain, arguably Australia’s most well-known and historically important photographer.

Out of the Vaults: Architecture

Friday 4 November 2016 - 5:30pm to 7pm

To celebrate Sydney Open 2016, we’re exploring the diverse range of architectural plans from the Library’s collection of over 100,000, dating from the early 19th century.

Out of the Vaults: Betrayal and Survival

Friday 1 July 2016 - 5:30pm to 7pm

Come and explore this infamous event from early Australian history and trace the experiences of Governor Bligh and Fletcher Christian through the Library’s collection of diaries, ships’ logs, letters, maps, portraits and other original material.

Out of the Vaults: Love and Courtship

Thursday 18 February 2016 - 6pm to 7:30pm

Across the Library's collection there are many examples of love and romance from letters, diaries, photographs, games and keepsakes.