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Low angle of orange brick building facade with blurred tree branches on the edge
A collection of intricate weaved materials on a white round table.
Person looking up at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre building one the Level 5 terrace.
Feminist Historian in Residence wearing a black dress and standing smiling at the camera of the Ground Floor exhibition space of the Queen Victoria Women's Centre.
Photograph of the exterior of the Queen Victoria Women's Centre from Lonsdale Street Melbourne.
Black and white photograph of a Nurse and patient at the Queen Victoria  Hospital. Patient is sitting in a seat with her legs resting on the bed smiling and the Nurse looks over towards the camera.

Queen Victoria Women's Centre

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J.J. and E.J. Clark 1912

Description

The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre Trust Act was passed in 1994 by the Victorian parliament creating the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre (QVWC), preserving the last remaining tower of the Queen Victoria Hospital. In creating the centre, the State Government dedicated the land and the building to services and facilities for women.

QVWC invites visitors to RE/DISCOVER the centre’s medical and cultural history as a hospital of innovation with feminist values. With the purpose of holding and creating space for Victorian women and gender diverse people, including trans women and sistergirls, to thrive, visitors can reflect on the centre’s future as a vibrant and welcoming hub in Melbourne.

What's On

RE/DISCOVER QVWC when we open our doors over two days with a program of activities to immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this iconic building. The program includes a talk with our Feminist Historian in Residence Barbara Wheeler, Ruth Maddison Artist Talk, a Weaving Workshop. Our Exhibitions include UNMASKED: Celebrating Nursing and Midwifery, Victoria and Beyond, Exhibition on loan from Her Place Women’s Museum Australia, Ruth Maddison photography and QVWC’s Past and Present Collection. The building will provide open access to explore Birnbeal, Wayi Djerring and Millarri Murnmut spaces from 11am-5pm.

Children's Activities

All of our programs are inclusive of young people's participation.

Images: (1) Queen Victoria Women's Centre. Photo: Breeana Dunbar. (2-3) Open House Melbourne at QVWC 2023. Photo: Laura May Grogan. (4) Feminist Historian in Residence Barbara Wheeler. Photo: Bree Dunbar. (5) QVWC Building. Photo: Bree Dunbar. (6) Photograph by Ruth Maddison for QVWC Open House Exhibition.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 + Sunday 29 July
Open access for free exhibitions 11am-5pm
UNMASKED: Celebrating Nursing and Midwifery, Victoria and Beyond,Exhibition on loan from Her Place Women's Museum Australia
Ruth Maddison Exhibition
QVWC Past and Present Collection

No bookings required

Saturday 27 July
Feminist Historian in Residence Talk 2pm-3pm
Running for 60 minutes in a group of 100
Bookings required

Ruth Maddison Artist Talk and Celebration 3pm
Running for 2 hours in a group of 80
Bookings required

Sunday 28 July
Weaving workshop 1pm-4pm
Running for 3 hours in a group of 60
Bookings required

This program includes both open access and pre-booked components. Where bookings are required—a $7 booking fee applies
Light refreshments included.

First release tickets: 12pm Wednesday 3 July
Second release tickets: 12pm Saturday 6 July

Bookings for individual talks/programs can be made through the link below.

Meet at the ground floor main foyer

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ACCESSIBILITY

Accessible bathroom, Sensory friendly, Elevator access, Fully wheelchair accessible

Location

210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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