Thursday July 25th HCV Annual Lecture – Professor Harriet Edquist (RMIT), “From architecture to ornament: the Melbourne Public Library in the nineteenth century”

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Date(s) - 25 Jul 2013
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatre

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In celebration of the centenary of the domed La Trobe Reading Room, Professor Harriet Edquist will reflect on the intersections of design and architectural history with the history of Melbourne and its public library, now the State Library of Victoria. Professor Edquist will also look at one of the featured items in the ‘Enchanted Dome’ exhibition, Owen Jones’s book, The Grammar of Ornament, its influence on colonial liberals such as judge Sir Redmond Barry and architect Joseph Reed, and the design of Melbourne’s historic public buildings.

Harriet Edquist is Professor of Architectural History at RMIT, Director of the RMIT Design Archives, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. She has published extensively on Australian architecture and she has contributed significantly to the Library’s Dome Centenary Celebrations, including curating the exhibition ‘Free, Secular and Democratic’. 

The Making Public Histories Seminar Series is an initiative of the Monash Institute of Public History, in association with the History Council of Victoria and the State Library of Victoria

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