The Baillieu Library Print Collection includes some 8,000 prints – mostly etchings, engravings, mezzotints, lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings – that date from the 15th century to the 20th. It is based on a gift of 3,700 Old Master prints donated by Dr John Orde Poynton in 1959 and was further enhanced in 1964 with Harold Wright's bequest of half his Lionel Lindsay print collection and prints by his British contemporaries.
The Print Collection is actively used throughout the year in teaching and learning. Students can gain valuable hands-on experience working with the collection through the Cultural Collections Projects Program, or explore the collection via the Knowledge, Learning and Culture Breadth Subject.
The Print Room subject offered through the Master of Art Curatorship course also makes this outstanding collection of prints accessible to students. This innovative subject provides students the rare opportunity to work on a real collection utilising digital technology to develop exhibition proposals and to create virtual exhibitions.
Read about one of the many ways the Print Collection is involved in object-based learning classes in the Special Collections and Grainger Museum blog post Plotting a course for object-based learning with exhibitions.