Politics and Society Collection

The Politics and Society Collection illustrates significant political, social, cultural and community events that have shaped the public experiences of Victorians since 1835.

The collection includes banners, badges, documents, regalia, souvenirs, images, realia, furniture and other material relating to key events and places in Victoria’s history, particularly public events that have occurred around and within the Royal Exhibition Building, within the central business district of Melbourne, and at other public spaces. Defining events include Victoria’s two nineteenth-century international exhibitions, Federation, the First and Second World Wars, Victoria’s Centenary Celebrations and the 1956 Olympics.