Twelve months ago I went to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) with the Australian War Memorial. I was working on an oral history-photographic project. The core part of the project was interviewing and photographing 19 currently serving members of the ADF - from the army, navy and airforce - before, during and after their deployment in 2013 to the MEAO. In another 12 months time, you should be able to see the results of this work in an exhibition which will travel around Australia.
Thank you to everyone who had a go at last week's Collection Detection. As promised, here is the answer:
What is it?
This is #6 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we aim to make collection items accessible for classroom use by looking closely at an object and the story behind it.
So examine the object above and tell us what you think it is in the comments. (For those in the know, maybe you can guess how it was used!) As usual we will post the answer and the full story next week.
Monday 17 February 2014 by Tamsin Hong. 6 comments.
Collection, Personal Stories Headley Nevile Fowler, Bill Fowler, Colditz Castle, Prisoner of War, Escape Attempts, Military Cross, 615 Squadron, RAF
Unknown to their captors, eight prisoners were huddled in a small office, waiting for the moment when they would finish the tunnel and escape from Colditz. They had been planning for this moment for over a month. But now their chance was slipping. It was midnight, 9 September 1942 and an alarm echoed throughout the castle. They could hear the footsteps of German officers approaching.
Thank you to everyone who had a go at last week's Collection Detection, and congratulations to those who guessed (or searched!) correctly:
It is a ‘Garland’ improvised trench mortar, found in the Australian trenches at Lone Pine, Gallipoli.
Friday 7 February 2014 by Daniel Eisenberg. No comments.
The Australian War Memorial has been screening a selection of Second World War films as part of its Summer Film Series. On Sunday 2 February the classic film ‘The Dam Busters’ was screened.
To support the introduction last Sunday this brief showreel was put together by the Film and Sound section drawing upon items in the collection which relate to the Dambuster raid and lancaster bombers in general.
The Australian War Memorial is fortunate to have nearly eighty Memorial Boxes situated across Australia. Twenty are stored on-site here in Canberra whilst the remainder are administered by the State Library of Queensland, Social Education Victoria, City of Fremantle, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Darwin Military Museum, State Library of South Australia, Albury City Library Museum, Western-Australian Museum and Museum of Tropical Queensland throughout the year.
Here in the Education section we love to know what you're working on in the classroom, or how you might have used some of our resources. Send in your pictures, poems, photos, or anything else you'd like to share to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll feature a selection on our website every month.
Look forward to hearing from you!