• Arts & Culture

19 March 2019

Victoria is the big winner with the Ashes Urn set to be the centrepiece of State Library Victoria’s largest ever free exhibition opening later this year.

Ashes Urn

Ashes Urn. Image courtesy Marylebone Cricket Club.

With replicas usually making the trip, this year cricket’s most prized icon will leave its home at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London to return to Victoria for only the third time in its 137-year history.

The Urn will be part of Velvet, Iron, Ashes, a new interactive exhibition exploring the surprising connections between some of Victoria’s best known, and not so well known, stories.

The exhibition will reveal the true origins of the Ashes Urn and its connections to Ned Kelly, Yallourn Power Station, Nappy Wash and more.

Velvet, Iron, Ashes will open in Spring 2019 in the Victoria Gallery, one of the exciting new spaces being returned to public use as part of the $88.1 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 redevelopment.