The Victorian Archives Centre holds colonial, state and Commonwealth government records in the collections of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and the Victorian office of National Archives of Australia. Over 100 kilometres of significant records dating back to 1836 are preserved in a carefully maintained, dust-free and climate-controlled environment.
The maps, plans, photographs and documents in PROV’s collection show the Melbourne that was built and the Melbourne that could have been, as well as the land and the history that lie beneath its urban surface.
As part of this year’s Open House Melbourne theme Built / Unbuilt, The VAC will be looking at records that relate to the idea of what was lost, gained or imagined as government agencies sought to shape Melbourne over the past 180 years. You will see some of the oldest records in the collection, surveying Melbourne in the 1830s right through to some 1970s designs for building a landmark over the Jolimont rail yards. These are the big plans that have impacted people’s lives … or could have, had they been realised.
PROV is welcoming physical tours back into the archives! Your guides will be the knowledgable staff who’ll show you the heart of the Victorian Archives Centre – the archival repository. Here you’ll learn how records are selected and preserved, and discover the stories contained within them.
Images: (1-3) Tours at the Victorian Archives Centre. Photos: Courtesy of Public Record Office Victoria
Time & Date
Tours run every half hour starting 10am. Last tour starts 3.30pm.
Running for 45 minutes in groups of 20 people.
Meet at the reception desk, inside the front entrance at 99 Shiel Street. Free all-day parking via Macaulay Road. If parking in the carpark, take the elevator or stairs up to level 3.
Visitors are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for the coat check. Bags are not allowed into the archives, but cameras and small personal items are ok.
Accessible parking nearby
99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne 3051