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Science at State Library Victoria

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  • State Library Victoria
    328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

From preserving and restoring rare books and artefacts to discussing and dissecting science books within the Library’s vast collection, we’re giving you a peek behind the scenes at State Library Victoria during National Science Week.

Join us for a panel discussion with three extraordinary women at the Library whose day-to-day work caring for the collection unites the humanities and science.

Led by Upulie Divisekera - a molecular biologist and science communicator - learn how women writers and scientists have shaped the development of scientific thought in the past and present and discover the techniques and methods that help us preserve the Library’s collection.

Following the discussion, a cluster of rare science books from the Library’s collection will be on display, and a conservation station will be set up to view equipment, materials, and techniques used at the Library.

Participants will also be able to explore the upcoming exhibition, Handmade Universe: From craft to code and the spaces between, which offers a fresh perspective on the intersection of art and science through the Library’s collection and commissioned artworks. 


  • Senior Librarian History of the Book and Arts, Anna Welch will discuss rare and fascinating science books written by women in the Library’s collection. 
  • Senior Curator, Linda Short will talk about her work developing and curating Handmade Universe, an exhibition that spotlights contributions in scientific fields by women that haven’t been widely celebrated. 
  • Conservator of Photography and Paper, Katy Glen will discuss conserving the State Collection and the deterioration of historical photographs.

Enjoy a drink from our bar, which will be open before, during and after the event.

Location Information

This event will be in the Isabella Fraser Room - entry via door 5 on La Trobe Street. Auslan interpretation is available on request, details via the event booking page.