Exhbition Not the Last Picture Show: From the Archives – Ballarat Heritage Festival

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This Heritage Reading Room (the original Mining Exchange in Ballarat) houses a fascinating and authentic representation of a Mechanics’ Institute library from early last century, and visitors will be delighted at the opportunity to touch, feel and read some of more than 16,000 historic books and other publications that make up the registered collection, for a small entry fee. 

Visitors will also be able to access a continuation of the themed exhibition within this magnificent room, focusing on the history of Ballarat’s community spaces dedicated to entertainment and the importance of those in strengthening a cohesive and inclusive community.

This event is part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival.

Content: The Ballaarat Mechanics Institute

Accessibility Information

  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

  • 17–26 May

10:30am–4pm

Ballarat Mechanics Institute

117-119 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central VIC 3350

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Free entry for BMI members | General admittance $5.00 on arrival at the library desk.


Accessibility Information

  • Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)
  • Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

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Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.

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