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 collection of the Boer War

Saturday 14 May


Meet in Orientation Gallery

Free, RSVP essential

Ranging from letters to field guns the Boer War collection is varied and unique, though collecting these items was fraught with difficulty.  Join staff from the National Collection to hear about the difficulties of collecting after the conclusion of the first foreign conflict involving all six Australian Colonies.  Hear stories relating to the conflict and the items we have on display, as well as the logistical implications of collecting and displaying items, providing an insight into one of Australia’s first overseas conflicts.

Bookings are essential, phone (02) 6243 4523 or friends@awm.gov.au


"A most miserable hotchpotch": Charles Bean and the First World War film collection

Friday 3 June


Free, RSVP essential

The Memorial’s collection of First World War film did not have an easy journey travelling from the front to the archive. Join the Photographs, Film and Sound team to hear about Bean’s struggle to get Australian film, shot by Australian cinematographers, into Australian hands.