The Royal Historical Society of Victoria is participating in this spectacular showcasing of Melbourne's best-loved buildings. We will be open for public viewing on Saturday and Sunday, 30-31 July, from 10 am to 4 pm.
This is a wonderful opportunity to have a look at our 1938 art deco building which retains its fine art deco detailing. The evocative, timber-panelled Officers' Mess will be open for viewing on the first floor.
Our new exhibition on Everard Studley Miller will add a great deal of interest to a visit to the Drill Hall. The exhibition concentrates on E Studley Miller's historical and cultural interests, revealing his approach to photography as a tool of historiography and providing some details of his family background and lifestyle. While drawing mainly on resources held by the RHSV the exhibition is also supported by the National Galley of Victoria, the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of Archaeology.
Because of the stairs and the lack of a lift, it is not a suitable building for people of limited mobility, though if you can manage two or three stairs, you will be able to view the ground floor and exhibition.
If you want to view a list of all the buildings involved in Melbourne Open House, click here.
The Royal Historical Society of Victoria was formed in 1909 and is a community organisation committed to collecting, researching and sharing an understanding of the history of Victoria.
With the support of a large number of volunteers, the RHSV provides a full program of activities (e.g. lectures, seminars, excursions and exhibitions) for the benefit of members and the general public. The Society publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, a reviewed journal and books of historical interest.