Centenary of the First World War, 1914-1918
Centenary brings changes
The Australian War Memorial will be commemorating the centenary of the First World War through a major redevelopment of our First World War galleries and a variety of new public programs and events.
The redevelopment plans of our First World War galleries were unveiled to the media in late 2012. Initial works include the conservation of our much-loved dioramas. View our photo gallery from the unveiling here
The Memorial’s Western Front and Sinai Palestine galleries are now undergoing their major change and will be inaccessible to the public until their big reveal in 2015. The Gallipoli gallery will remain accessible to the public for a few more months before undergoing it’s major changes from June this year.
While the Western Front and Sinai Palestine galleries are not open, there are a variety of other First World War items on display throughout the Memorial. This includes the exhibitions Over the Front: the Great War in the air, Our First Naval Victory, and ANZAC Spirit in ANZAC Hall. The Memorial also holds a number of Victoria Cross medals from recipients who served in the First World War. These can be found in the Hall of Valour.
Dr Brendan Nelson discusses the changes to the galleries
The YouTube video below shows the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, discussing changes to the Memorial's First World War galleries in the lead up to the Centenary of the First World War.