From 2014, the world will be commemorating 100 years since the start of the First World War. For Australians this is a momentous occasion. The First World War touched the lives of nearly every Australian and the impacts are still prevalent today. For these reasons it is essential to commemorate, remember, and learn from those who sacrificed their lives during those four years, 1914 – 1918.

What the Memorial is doing for the centenary

The Australian War Memorial will be commemorating the centenary of the First World War through a major redevelopment of its First World War galleries and a variety of new public programs and events. The Memorial's new First World War exhibition, Australia in the Great War opened in the redeveloped galleries on 1 December 2014. For information on the redevelopment process please visit Our stories or the New First World War galleries.

A number of other projects have been launched. These include:


To learn more about the Memorial's centenary program, please visit the centenary projects 2014-2018 page.

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Borrowing items from our collection

Please read our guide to borrowing items from our collection.

A year in review

2015 was a momentous year for the Memorial, and we are preparing ourselves for an even bigger 2016 as we continue to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and other major events in Australia’s military history. Here is a short video of highlights from the activities throughout 2015.