Our special Friends-only activities give you an insider's view of the Memorial's exhibitions and galleries. The activities include behind-the-scenes tours and talks by the Memorial's historians and curators.
Bookings are essential for all Friends-only activities.

For further information or to make a booking to attend, please contact the Friends Coordinator on (02) 6243 4523 or email Friends@awm.gov.au



Behind the scenes in the Research Centre: Personal stories from the Western Front, First World War
Friday, 15 July 2016, 11.00am
Meet in the Orientation Gallery, free

The Research Centre at the Australian War Memorial is a key resource for those researching Australia’s involvement in the First World War. The collection includes official records, diaries and letters, manuscripts, books, serials, maps, leaflets, music and more. Catch a glimpse of the rich collection of items held in the Research Centre while hearing the story behind a few of these treasures from the Western Front.

Please note these tours have access limitations.



Far from home: researching stories of First World War military service
Saturday, August 13, 11am
Free, bookings essential, meet at Security entrance

Discover how to research stories of those who served with Australian forces during the First World War using the resources and collections of the Australian War Memorial. From databases to digitised archival documents, photographs, film and sound there are a wealth of resources available for discovering the story of your ancestor’s military service. The workshop will include a look behind the scenes at the Research Centre’s First World War collections and will end in the Research Centre’s reading room where you can begin your research journey.



For Country: for Nation, special exhibition tour
September 23, 10.30am
Free, Bookings essential, Meet in Orientation gallery

Please join exhibition curators for a Friends only tour of the new special exhibition For Country: for Nation.

This new exhibition will feature the significant contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander soldiers and communities to wartime, peacetime and defence services, in particular the inspiration drawn from cultural traditions and symbols of the warrior’s discipline, knowledge, leadership and skill.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have enlisted in and contributed to Australian defence forces from the Boer War to the present day. They have also contributed through ancillary roles, industry and other home front activities – and their communities have been thrust into the frontline of theatres of war, or sites of military bases or zones.

For Country: for Nation will highlight stories and explore themes of remembrance and tradition through family histories, objects, art and images.