From August 2014 until 2018, we will commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the scars it left and the pride we felt when we emerged from the other side. The events that took place 100 years ago meant a lot to us then and means a lot for our future.

The Australian War Memorial will be commemorating the Centenary of the First World War through a variety of projects.

Current projects

Roll of Honour soundscape

From 4 August 2014 until the end of 2018 the recording of schoolchildren reciting the names of those who appear on the Roll of Honour will be heard throughout the First World War cloisters in the Commemorative Area.

This ambitious project will bring together recordings of each of the more than 60,000 names that appear on the First World War Roll of Honour panels.

For more information visit the Roll of Honour soundscapes page.

A camera on Gallipoli

The Memorial has a digital exhibition that showcases the photographs of Charles Ryan, drawn from an extraordinary private collection assembled during the Gallipoli campaign.

For more information visit the A Camera on Gallipoli exhibition page.

Roll of Honour name projections

From 4 August 2014 until 11 November 2018 the names of each of the more than 60,000 Australians listed on the First World War Roll of Honour panels in the Memorial’s Commemorative Area will be projected onto the exterior of the Memorial building.

Members of the public are invited to watch the projections taking place nightly at the Memorial. Names will be displayed from sunset to sunrise, and each name will appear around 30 times over the course of the four-year period.

For more information visit the Roll of Honour name projections page.

Commemorative Crosses project

In early 2013 the Australian War Memorial assisted in the distribution of some 2,000 crosses on which Australian schoolchildren had written messages of hope and thanks for those who have served in Australia’s name. These crosses have since been placed on the graves of First World War Australian soldiers on the western front.

For more information visit the Commemorative Crosses project page. 

Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience

The Australian Government and the Australian War Memorial, supported by the Commonwealth Bank and Telstra are proud to be bringing the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience to communities across Australia.

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is the flagship community event of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary national programme. Find out more about the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience.

Mephisto

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the Memorial has collaborated with the Queensland Museum to display the First World War German tank Mephisto outside Brisbane for the first time since it was transported from Europe after the end of the First World War. After 70 years of exhibition in Queensland Mephisto will be on display in Anzac Hall from 27 July 2015

Flanders Fields Memorial garden project

In 2009 the Flemish and Australian governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation between Australia and Belgium to mark the Centenary of the First World War. We are working with the Flemish government to build a garden at the Memorial in Canberra that incorporates soil from Belgium. Gardens like this have been established in London, with children from Belgium collecting the soil for transportation to England.

National and international outreach

Throughout the centenary the Memorial will facilitate a number of significant loans to regional, state, and national institutions. The Memorial is also collaborating with international organisations and governements on a range of projects including the exhibition held at Australian Embassy, Washington DC and commitment to the Interpretive Centre at Villers-Bretonneux.

Completed projects

More projects to be added as they are announced