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Unknown Photographer, The National Museum, Old Wilson Hall, The University of Melbourne, 1893, albumen silver photograph, The University of Melbourne Art Collection
Wolfgang Sievers, Wilson Hall, exterior, University of Melbourne, 1956, gelatin silver photograph, 24.5 x 19.6 cm.
In this talk Jason Benjamin will explore, through a selection of artworks, the history of Wilson Hall from the original concept of a ceremonial hall developed in the 1850s to the destruction of the gothic revival hall by fire and rebuilding in modernist style in the 1950s.
Wilson Hall has been an integral part of the University of Melbourne landscape since the first building to bear this name was completed in 1882. The story of the hall is one that has featured prominently in the history of the University, with a particular emphasis on the loss of the gothic revival building and subsequent controversy over its rebuilding.
Jason Benjamin has worked closely with the university’s cultural collections in a variety of roles for over 15 years. In this time he has developed a keen interest in the architectural and social history of the university, with a particular focus on Wilson Hall and the artworks that it has inspired. This interest has led to an exhibition on the hall and, in 2012, the co-authored publication Architectural ornament: the history and Art of Wilson Hall at the University of Melbourne.
All welcome, no bookings required.
More about the exhibition here.