The Ashes Return Home | State Library Victoria

The Ashes Return Home | State Library Victoria

For only the third time over its 137 year history, the infamous Ashes urn has come back to Australian shores. Taking pride of place as the key centrepiece at the State Library Victoria’s, “Velvet, Iron, Ashes” exhibition.

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Velvet, Iron, Ashes Exhibition

Broadcasters, politicians, cricketers and alike attended the media launch at the State Library this morning where excited dignitaries announced their personal and professional passions for what the Ashes urn means to them as a part of Australian sporting history.

Media Launch of the Ashes arrival in Victoria Gallery

President of the Library board, John Wylie excitingly stated that “The ashes are a symbol of the greatest sporting rivalry in the world” Illustrating the palpable excitement over such a long treasured and cared for artefact.

Australian test cricket captain Tim Paine appeared via video, urging all cricket fans to head to the State Library and see the iconic urn.

A continuing part of the Libraries extensive and ongoing developments to create exciting new additions to be available for public viewing and private event use.

Australian Test Cricketer Peter Siddle and The Ashes Urn at the State Library
Australian Test Cricketer Peter Siddle and The Ashes urn

The intricate exhibition connects the stories of Victoria’s past with some of the most iconic items in Australia’s history. The “Velvet” representing an ornate dress on display, “Iron” representing the original armour worn by Ned Kelly and “Ashes”, of course referencing the famous terracotta urn.

However, to understand the depth and interconnected stories that bind these items together, attendees will have to visit the Victoria Gallery at the State Library and be swept up by the journey illustrating the brilliance of human creativity.

Velvet, Iron, Ashes | Interconnected Stories of Victoria

The Ashes urn will be on display as a part of the Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition until the 23rd February 2020.

Showtime Event Group invites guests and attendees to take a look at this wonderful exhibit within the Victoria Gallery, with the possibility to incorporate it into your next event.