New First World War galleries
Behind-the-scenes, the Memorial’s First World War gallery redevelopment project has been underway for years, with countless hours spent on planning the implementation and logistics of undertaking such a significant project.
The Memorial announced stage one of the redevelopment in December 2012, the conservation of four iconic dioramas in the Western Front and Sinai Palestine galleries.
Since then there have been major changes to the First World War galleries. In April 2013, the Sinai-Palestine and Western Front galleries were closed to the public and the precious items inside were removed for storage and conservation.
In June 2013, hoardings were placed in front of the Gallipoli gallery and the Ascot boat to allow for work to begin on these spaces.
Since June the Memorial’s First World War galleries have undergone major construction work in preparation for the new exhibition space. This has been a painstaking process with a focus on maintaining the integrity of the Memorial.
The next steps include preparation of the new display cases, finalisation of the text to be included in the new galleries, finalisation of the collection items that will be featured in the galleries, and more building work.
Dr Brendan Nelson discusses the changes to the galleries
Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, discusses the changes to the Memorial's First World War galleries in the lead up to the Centenary.
The progress so far...