Behind the locked doors

Fascinating one hour tours behind the scenes with collections staff will give an insight into the nature of archives. See what lies behind the locked doors of the repository and hear stories about notorious individuals, famous writers and politicians of all flavours.

What is a Repository? What is it for (and why do we want one)? What do archivists do? These fascinating tours behind the scenes will give an insight into the nature of archives. Shelving at the University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) measures over 18km, holding boxes of paper records, many thousand photographs, films and objects from near and far. Hear stories about notorious individuals, famous writers and politicians of all flavours, community groups, trade unions and businesses. Be amazed by one of Australia’s oldest snippets of moving image, original plans and drawings of world heritage listed buildings and records of slavery in the Caribbean. Find out how you can use the archives. Explore UMA online here Numbers are strictly limited, comfortable shoes (no heels) essential. Please advise if you have any mobility issues when booking your place.

Event dates

Event Details

120 Dawson Street, Brunswick, Victoria

near corner Grantham St (take tram route 55, or the 506 bus)


10.30am - 11.30am

Entry fees:
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
limited parking for bikes & cars onsite, close to public transport

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