Special Collections Exhibition: People, Place & Culture Archive

12 April – 30 June 2024, 9am–5pm
70-104 Ballarat Rd, Footscray, VIC 3011, AU
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Explore how activists, editors and a cycling advocate worked towards positive change related to the environment, interpretation of the past, and urban living.

The Special Collections Exhibition: People, Place & Culture Archive at Footscray Park Library highlights the stories of protest, activism and investigation by:

  • Friends of the Earth – activists working for environmental and social justice 
  • editors Stephen Muecke and Adam Shoemaker of Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines, published in 2001
  • cycling advocate Alan Parker who founded the Bicycle Institute of Victoria (Bicycle Victoria – now known as Bicycle Network) with other cyclists in the mid-1970s.

The stories are reflected in a wide range of Australian materials – submissions, photographs, graphics, correspondence, letters and minutes, research and manuscript versions, working papers and local planning documents – found in the People, Place & Culture Archive of the Special Collections. 

Discover below what's on display or visit the Library Guide VU Special Collections - How to access and use to view images and the list of materials selected for this exhibition.

Exhibition: People, Place & Culture Archive

View materials about Friends of the Earth, David Unaipon and Bike Paths in the West. For queries or appointment to view items, email  [email protected] .