Born of workers' struggle, RMIT began its life as the Working Men's College in 1887
Building on the legacy of the Stonemason's victory in 1856, who won the right to 8 Hours Labour, 8 Hours Recreation and 8 Hours Rest, the new College made it possible for Melbourne's workers to pursue education in a night-school environment.
Self-improvement through education was a high priority, and the Working Men's College prospered, offering evening courses in trades training and general education.
GRUNT: RMIT, the Working Men's College & the 8 Hour Day examines the relationship between education and labour in Victoria, examining the desire of Melbourne's workers to attain education, and celebrates the crucial role they played in the successful founding and development of the Working Men's College.
The gallery is located diagonally opposite Melbourne Central Railway Station and can be reached by trams traveling on Swanston and La Trobe Streets, including the City Circle Tram.
Limited street parking is available.