The Foundation has awarded a grant of $10 million over five years to the State Library of Victoria to help restore and renovate one of Victoria's most architecturally significant and much-loved heritage spaces, Queen's Hall.
This grant complements major funding from the State Government of Victoria, and will see the Hall reopen it to the public after being closed for a decade. The renovated hall will return 1000 square meters of reading room space for study, learning and innovative programming. Queen's Hall is one of Australia's most architecturally significant heritage spaces and was the Library's original magnificent arts reading room.
Chairman Charles Goode said the Foundation had been a supporter of the State Library for nearly 50 years. “This is a major grant for a very significant project which aligns closely with our philosophy of encouraging excellence and innovation. The Hall, with its magnificent reading room, is one of Australia’s most architecturally significant heritage spaces. Redeveloping the Hall and returning it to full public use is important and exciting. We are very proud to support this project and help the State Library Victoria in its public fundraising.”
This grant is the third largest the Foundation has awarded in its 50 year history, and the largest made in our Education program area. It is also the largest grant the State Library of Victoria has received in its 156 year history.
The Hon. Martin Foley MP, Minister for Housing, Disability, Ageing, Mental Health, Equality and Creative Industries, announced that the Hall would be renamed the Ian Potter Queen's Hall.