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The MIV was formed in 1998. It aims to foster the preservation and restoration of the social, cultural and physical heritage of MIs through the development of information exchanges and systems of mutual support.

Membership is open to groups and individuals with an interest in the MI movement, particularly in Victoria.

Since its formation the MIV has:

  • Staged the first National Mechanics' Institutes Conference in Melbourne in 2000 and published its proceedings
  • Facilitated the publishing of the 350 page book If the Walls Could Speak: A Social History of the Mechanics' Institutes of Victoria
  • Assisted the publication of The Libraries of the Mechanics' Institutes of Victoria
  • Established a website
  • Secured a round of Government grants for some of Victoria's MIs
  • Produced two Travelling Exhibitions Remember the Mechanics? and Mechanics'... And Proud of it!
  • Staged Regional Meetings in country Victoria
  • Established a Mechanics' Institutes Resources Centre (MIRC) and database at Prahran MI
  • Staged the First International Conference Mechanics' Worldwide in September 2004
  • Launched MIV's Historical Plaques Program in 2003 have to date issued over 40 plaques statewide

MIV'S NEWSLETTER Useful Knowledge ISSUE 35 IS OUT NOW!
This issue's theme is... The Anzacs.

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NEXT MIV KEY DATES:

  • MIV Annual General Meeting, 8 November 2014, Melbourne Athenaeum, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne, 2.30pm
  • MIV Bus Tour, 26 October 2014, Williamstown to Bellarine Peninsula.
    Tel: Judith Dwyer, (03) 9707 4254