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A Victorian Silhouette Public Programs

A Victorian Silhouette will feature a program of engaging events.

Opening day and International Museums Day

Bonnet-making demonstration

Date: Friday, 18 May
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Free with Gold Museum entry
Celebrate International Museums Day at the Gold Museum. Watch our bonnet-makers in action as they re-create elegant headwear from the Victorian era.


Ballarat Heritage Weekend

Date: Saturday, 26 May

A Victorian Silhouette Revealed

Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Cost: $15pp (includes Gold Museum and exhibition entry) Book Now!

How does Sovereign Hill achieve the Victorian-era style? Join us for a panel discussion with Sovereign Hill’s Costume Department to find out how they create the ‘Victorian Silhouette’. This is your opportunity to try on a crinoline and experience what it was like to be a Victorian lady!

Bonnet-making Demonstration

Time: 1 pm to 5 pm
Free with Gold Museum entry
Watch our bonnet-makers in action as they re-create elegant headwear from the Victorian era.


Education Week

Date: 21 to 25 May
9 am to 12 noon
Free with Gold Museum Entry
2018 marks the 200th birthday of celebrated goldfields artist, S T Gill. To celebrate, artist David O’Callaghan will take on the character of S T Gill here at the Gold Museum. As our ‘artist in residence’, David will be sketching and painting within the galleries. His work each morning will include life drawing of a model in Victorian dress. Visitors are welcome to watch David work and have a chat about his materials and methods.


Historical Textiles Workshop

Date: Saturday, 4 August
2.00 pm
$30 (includes entry into the Gold Museum)
Want to know how to look after your precious textile heirlooms? Join our workshop and pick up a few tips to store and care for your historical textiles and clothing. Ticket includes entry into our latest exhibition, A Victorian Silhouette featuring original women’s costumes from the Victorian era, alongside reproductions from the Sovereign Hill Costume Department.


A Stitch in Time Public Lecture

Date: Friday, 14 September
Time: 6.00 pm
Cost: $15 (includes entry into the Gold Museum)
Arriving in Port Phillip from Ireland in 1844, Anne Trotter was one of many assisted emigrants who, along with other members of her family, were deemed suitable emigrants. Amongst the possessions that Anne packed in her trunk to start a new life in Australia was her needlework specimen book. This lecture will discuss the context of the needlework book and posit its value to a young female emigrant.

Lecture by Laura Jocic, Research Associate at Museums Victoria and independent curator