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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 30 plaques statewide

MIV'S NEWSLETTER Useful Knowledge ISSUE 33 IS OUT NOW!
This issue's theme is... Performing Arts.

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NEXT MIV KEY DATES:

  • MIV Regional Forum, 22 March 2014. Click here for more information.
  • MIV Meeting 3 May 2014, Footscray Mechanics' Institute, 209 Nicholson Street, Footscray, 10am.