Over the Front: the Great War in the air
A new permanent exhibition, Over the Front: the Great War in the air, will open on 28 November 2008 at the eastern end of ANZAC Hall. The story of military flight and aerial combat during the First World War will be brought to life through the Memorial’s collection of five original and extraordinary aircraft and an exciting sound-and-light show.
Australians played a distinct part in aviation’s remarkable advances during the war. Four squadrons of the Australian Flying Corps flew above the Western Front in France and Belgium and over the Middle East. Training squadrons operated in Britain.
The exhibition will continue the Memorial’s tradition of presenting dramatic and instructive displays. It will pay tribute to the young men who fought in flimsy machines of wood, fabric and wire, risking their lives for dominance of the skies and in support of the ground operations below.
The Over the Front Team are using the AWM blog specifically to:
- Support the exhibition and stimulate interest in it during the lead up to opening and beyond and to provide a sample of what will appear in the exhibition.
- Record and relate some of the exhibition team’s experiences in putting together the exhibition, in particular our experiences working with the Memorial's First World War aircraft collection.
- Provide additional content about the exhibition for those who want to know more, or for material we couldn’t fit into the physical exhibition.
The blog does not aim to provide an online version of the exhibition nor to replicate all available knowledge about the Australian Flying Corps, Royal Flying Corps or Royal Naval Air Service but additional information can be found in the links we provide.
We also welcome comments and feedback from interested members of the public or those in the museum (or related) profession. However they may not necessarily reflect the views or interpretation of the Australian War Memorial as an organisation. Comments received will be moderated and some (not all) may be posted on the blog. Any inappropriate or uncivil messages will of course not be posted, nor responded to. Unfortunately we have neither the time nor the resources to enter into lengthy correspondence, or to manage complicated arguments about historical interpretations of events.
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More and more content will be added progressively during the lead up to, and after the exhibition has opened (Nov 2008), so if you’re interested, keep visiting the blog regularly and check out what’s new.
(Over the Front Blog Administrator/Editor)