Evidence of a fruitful life: Redmond Barry and the University of Melbourne
Ground floor, Baillieu Library, 4 – 10 June 2013
As a founding father and first Chancellor, Sir Redmond Barry looms large in the history of the University of Melbourne. Barry stamped his personality on all aspects of the early University from the curriculum to its infrastructure. Evidence of a fruitful life will explore Barry's role in the founding of the University and the great influence he was to exert over its development during his quarter century tenure as Chancellor.
Libri: six centuries of Italian books from the Baillieu Library's Special Collections
Leigh Scott Gallery, 17 June - 15 September 2013 (Symposium 24 July 2013)
The exhibition will showcase books by or about Italians and Italy throughout time, highlighting the University Library Special Collections exciting new purchase of Aldus Manutius's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, printed in Venice in 1499. It is an important early printed work containing 170 exquisite woodcuts. A fourteenth century musical manuscript will be shown and books focusing on important figures or movements, such as Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Vasari, Palladio and futurism will be included, up to modern day books by Italians now living in Australia.
This is also in conjunction with Rare Book Week, Thursday July 18 to 28th which culminates in the Antiquarian Book Fair in Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne. The theme for Rare Book Week is 'A passion for books' which fits the Italian theme!
Strength of Mind: 125 years of Women in Medicine
Medical History Museum, 1 August 2013 - 2 March 2014
Women were admitted to Melbourne Medical School in 1887, 25 years after the course had commenced but 21 years before women were entitled to vote in Victoria. These first seven female medical students were tenacious, resilient, and visionary; challenging the social values of their day and making major contributions to public health in Victoria. Led by Constance Stone the first woman to register as a doctor in Victoria in 1890 (she had undertaken her medical education in Canada) they went on to establish the Queen Victoria Hospital in 1896. The first hospital established in Australia for the care of women that was managed and staffed by women and one of three internationally. These attributes have been the qualities of many women in medicine over the last 125 years as they have contributed to all aspects of medical practice and research. Women now comprise over 50% of medical graduates. This exhibition celebrates their achievements from 1887 to now.