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Join us for an online discussion with experts in the field about the history of documenting nature through illustration.

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Natural history illustrations have helped communities worldwide to document biodiversity, track changes in our environment and keep records of species that may go extinct.

As part of the Inspiring Victoria acclimatise program for National Science Week, join us for an online discussion with experts in the field about the history of documenting nature through illustration.

We’ll explore how and why we record nature through illustrations, and spotlight the iconic yet unappreciated work of ornithological illustrator Elizabeth Gould whose work documented bird species around the world.

You’ll leave this event with a new respect for nature, and appreciation for this essential blend of art and science.

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  • Hayley Webster: Museums Victoria library manager and natural history rare books expert
  • Melissa Ashley: author of The birdman’s wife
  • Bernadette Drabsch: lecturer in Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle

This event is part of the Inspiring Victoria acclimatise program for National Science Week.

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State Library Victoria is Australia’s oldest public library and a beautiful heritage building located in the heart of Melbourne. The Library’s distinctive spaces, from the 19th-century Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, to the contemporary theatrette are host to a diverse range of vibrant programming for all ages. Boasting beautiful surrounds, the Library is a welcoming place to languish on the lawn, play a game of giant chess or take in a pop-up event on the forecourt. Free exhibitions line the balconies of the majestic domed reading room; see Ned Kelly's armour and Jerilderie letter, Burke and Wills relics and a host of other treasures.

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