From 2014, the world will be commemorating 100 years since the start of the First World War. For Australians this is a momentous occasion. The First World War touched the lives of nearly every Australian the impacts are still prevalent today. For these reasons it is essential to commemorate, remember, and learn from those who sacrificed their lives during those four years, 1914 – 1918.

What the Memorial is doing for the Centenary

The Australian War Memorial will be commemorating the centenary of the First World War through a major redevelopment of its First World War galleries and a variety of new public programs and events. Currently, the Memorial’s First World War galleries are under construction and are not open to the public. For updates on the gallery changes please visit Our stories or the New First World War galleries.

A temporary First World War exhibition, titled Anzac Voices, has now opened in the Memorial’s Temporary Exhibition gallery. Anzac Voices follows the stories and lives of several soldiers throughout the First World War, told through their diaries, belongings, and letters.

A number of other projects are also underdevelopment and will be revealed on this page in the coming months. These include:

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Borrowing items from our collection

Please read our guide to borrowing items from our collection.