Clubs, Talks and Associations

Twilight Talks

What are twilight talks?

Twilight Talks have been held at the BMI since 2001, providing a great opportunity to hear some fantastic speakers and meet up with friends over drinks.
Participants arrive at the Humffray Room from 5pm for drinks and conversation, followed by a 30 to 40 minute talk commencing at 5.30pm.


BMI members $8.00 per person, $12.00 per person for general mission..

Talks are held in Minerva Space (location dependent on final numbers) commencing at 5:00 pm.

Drinks will be available preceding the talks beginning at 5:00 pm in the Humffray Room.

Return regularly for more information about upcoming speakers.

Contact Rosemary in the BMI Library for information on 5331 3042.

Twilight Talks Feedback

If you have attended one of our events and would like to provide your feedback, or make suggestions of Talk Topics, we would like to hear from you.

We are currently in planning for our next series of talks! Stay tuned by signing up to our newsletter > and keep an eye on our events page >

Book Clubs

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Our Library > or register for The Reading Room >

Why not register for The Reading Room

Discussion group

This member lead discussion group will meet fortnightly at 10.30am. The first of these sessions will begin in May. Members willl bring 1 or 2 cuttings or articles from a current newspaper or news-source that they would like to put up for discussion. Please contact the Library or  register your interest.

Ballarat Film Society

The Ballarat Film Society is a member of the Federation of Victorian Film Societies and is a not-for profit organisation.

Films play on the second Thursday of every month (unless otherwise specified) in the Minerva Space. Doors open at 7pm with refreshments for a 7.30pm start.

Please note, no single entry tickets are available.

Entry by Membership only.


12 months – Feb-December: $60
6 months – Feb-June or July-Dec: $30

To join or renew your membership, please e-mail or phone Angus McLachlan (5374 2474), or come with cash on the night.

Membership can be paid by bank transfer or with cash.

For film enquiries, phone Sue Nunn: 5341 2266

Visit the Ballarat Film Society website at:

All films are subject to availability

Ballarat Chess Club

Thursdays, 6.30pm The Humffray Room

Patrick Cook – Club President
Tel: 0499 255 240

The Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute began hosting the Ballarat Chess Club 153 years ago, an event published in The Ballarat Star on Friday March 10, 1865.  Since that time the club has moved around town to various locations, but since January 2016, we’ve come home and settled back into the Hooper Room.

Locals of all ages gather on Thursday evenings from about 6:30 to enjoy social and competitive chess, in the friendly and comfortable environment of the Hooper Room.

Membership for all juniors is free, and it is free for all to come and give it a tryout.

All the information you need about chess in Ballarat can be accessed at the Ballarat Chess Club web site –

Contact information is available here:

We look forward to seeing you over the board!

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