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Talk: Victor Hugo and the making of a national collection

Sunday 20 July 2014, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Free
Village Roadshow Theatrette
Entry 3, La Trobe St
Has wheelchair access Has hearing loop

The idea of a famous writer leaving their papers and manuscripts to a library was a new phenomenon in the 1880s.

When Victor Hugo, considered one of the greatest French writers of all time, decided to bequest his entire archive to the National Library of France in 1881, he began a hugely important trend that continues to this day.

Thanks to this bequest, the exhibition Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage is able to feature rare items from the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, as well as from the Maison de Victor Hugo, Musée Rodin, Cameron Mackintosh Archive and others.

Join Guillaume Fau, Chief Heritage Curator at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, for a discussion about the significance that Hugo's bequest has had for the Library, the French people – and the world.

Visit our dedicated Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage website for full details about the exhibition, tickets, Victor Hugo and more.