Activities for Friends of the Memorial
Our special Friends-only activities give you an insider's view of the Memorial's exhibitions and galleries. The activities include behind-the-scences 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
2014 Activity schedule
An Australian soldier in Sicily, 1943
Sunday 2 March
BAE Systems Theatre, Free
Attend a lecture by John Hood, a former teacher, Friend of the Memorial and a member of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia, who will present a paper on John Erskine. John Erskine was a Canberra man who served with the British army during the Second World War as part of the elite No. 3 commando. His memoirs are held by the AWM. Included in the presentation are John Erskine’s account of his involvement in ‘Operation Husky’ in 1943.
Please contact the Friends Coordinator on (02) 6243 4523 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 26 February 2014 to reserve your place.
ANZAC Voices champagne breakfast and tour
Saturday 15 March
8.30 – 11.30 am
The Terrace Café, Special Exhibitions Space
$20 Friends of the Memorial, $25 others
You are invited to attend a Friends breakfast, followed by an exclusive, curator led tour of the Memorial’s newest exhibition, ANZAC Voices. Enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival, followed by fresh fruits and pastries, a hot breakfast, juices with tea and coffee.
Bookings are essential. Please contact the Friends Coordinator by Friday 7 March 2014 to reserve your place.
Tactics, strategy and weapons of the First World War
Saturday 29 March
BAE Systems Theatre, Free
Before 1914 most military commentators and theorists expected the next war to be very short, and most likely to be won by the side that fired the first shot. The stalemate of trench warfare took almost everyone by surprise. The approach to battle underwent a radical change in the four years of the war, until by 1918 the British army, with the Australian Corps at the forefront of many of the most important battles, was able to push the German lines back at will. This talk will examine how military tactics and the application of firepower developed from the Somme to the Hundred Days.
Please contact the Friends Coordinator on (02) 6243 4523 or e-mail email@example.com by Wednesday 26 March to reserve your place.
ANZAC Day Breakfast
Friday 25 April
6.15am - 8.30am
Cost: $40 Friends, $45 for general public, $20 children under 12
Following the Anzac Day Dawn Service, warm up and enjoy breakfast underneath the famous Lancaster bomber, G for George. Menu available here.
To reserve your place, please contact Hudsons Catering on (02) 6230 4349, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment required at time of booking.
Friends visiting the Memorial can arrange to have a special tour of the Memorial’s galleries. Please contact the Friends Coordinator to take advantage of this service. We require at least a week’s notice to arrange a tour.
If you would like to make a booking, or have any enquires, please contact the Friends Coordinator on (02) 6243 4523 or by email Friends@awm.gov.au