Wednesday 4 December 2013 by Alana Treasure. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Conservation Dioramas, Getting ready to move

Part 2 - Reinforcement and Movement

As mentioned previously, the dioramas consist of a number of sections of base framework, some of which are bolted together, some of which are not. Well-hidden behind the display cases, facades and the diorama surface, few still sat on their original leg castors, while many had been trimmed and placed on fascinating, decades-old systems of levelling the individual sections.

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Wednesday 4 December 2013 by Alana Treasure. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Conservation Dioramas, Getting ready to move

Part 1 - Demolition When the Western Front dioramas were previously brought into their current positions when the gallery opened in the 1970s, they were dismantled in (now) Aircraft Hall, and moved in as separate sections and re-joined with plaster and fill material in the space. At that time, the dioramas were not considered National Collection items, a status they gained in the 1990s. As National Collection items, and even if they weren’t, our approach today is to avoid sectioning the dioramas and to move them, where possible, as a single unit.

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Monday 2 December 2013 by Nick Crofts. No comments.
First World War Centenary, ANZAC Connections

The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war.  The collections are selected from our extensive archives and reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War, not just well-known personalities. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s collections as well as provide full copies for research on the Memorial’s website.

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Friday 29 November 2013 by Craig Tibbitts. 3 comments.
First World War Centenary, Exhibitions, ANZAC Voices, Personal Stories

ANZAC Voices is the Memorial’s new special exhibition on the First World War, which opened to the public today. It features treasures from the Memorial’s written archives; the voices of the ANZACs presented through their letters and diaries, and supported by a variety of other official documents, photographs, artworks and historical artefacts.

Theme image

The curators chose the above photo to be the exhibition’s theme image for obvious reasons, given it’s built around the written record.  We also thought it was a good strong image that could carry off the important exhibition ‘branding’ role.  Who knows what he’s writing – we might imagine it’s a letter home to the family, but it could just as easily be some routine administrative paperwork.

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Monday 25 November 2013 by Robyn Van Dyk. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Exhibitions, ANZAC Voices

 ANZAC Voices, the Memorial’s new First World War exhibition, is currently being installed. The exhibition will open this Friday, 29 November 2013 and represents a rare opportunity to view original accounts of the First World War - letters to a sweetheart; a diary account of a hard-fought battle; postcards scrawled in the trenches and battlefields of war.

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Monday 25 November 2013 by Dianne Rutherford. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Exhibitions, ANZAC Voices

This article was originally published in ICON Magazine, Issue One November - December 2013. Find our more and suscribe to ICON Magazine here.

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The Sound Collection at the Australian War Memorial consists of over 9,000 oral history interviews with individuals who served during war and peacekeeping efforts. To showcase highlights from this collection the Australian War Memorial will create Sound show reels.

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Thursday 17 October 2013 by Nick Flood. 6 comments.
First World War Centenary, Conservation

Ypres, 1917 dioramaYpres, 1917 diorama

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Thursday 10 October 2013 by Nick Crofts. No comments.
First World War Centenary, ANZAC Connections, Family history

WARNING: We wish to advise that this blog may contain names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed away.

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Friday 27 September 2013 by Krissy Kraljevic. No comments.
First World War Centenary, News

Written by Alexandra Orr

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is hosting an International Fleet Review, to be held in Sydney from 3 to 11 October 2013. This high-profile event, which will showcase ships from some 20 nations, is being held to mark the centenary of the first fleet entry of the fledgling RAN into Sydney in 1913.

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