University of Melbourne Magazine

Celebrating Union House

  • Union House as it stands today

    Union House

    Outdoor gallery exhibition
    Curatorial students from the Faculty of Arts will curate an exhibition celebrating socio-historical imagery from Union House.

    Protest for Change exhibition
    Curated by students, the exhibition will present the history of UMSU departments – Women’s, Queer, Indigenous, Disabilities, People of Colour.

    Theatre Performance (musical)
    The restaging of The Princess Ida Parlour by Anita Punton, in the Guild Theatre, Union House.

    History Book
    A new history of the Student Union by James Waghorne to be published.

    Design Studios Exhibition
    This will feature models by Melbourne School of Design (MSD) students envisioning the Union building past and future.

    Virtual Reality Documentation
    VCA Honours students will document Union House with advice and guidance from lecturer Hans Van Rijnberk from MSD.

    Heritage Appraisal
    A report developed by architects and heritage consultants Lovell Chen is providing an assessment of the cultural heritage significance of Union House.


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    Those were the days
    Share your photographs and memories of Union House, particularly time spent in its arts and cultural spaces. Send to: using the subject line ‘Union House memories’.