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

Activities:
February

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Algernon Darge's 19,000 soldiers: Photographs of the First World War - a curatorial insight

Friday 26 February 2016
2:00pm. Meet in Orientation Gallery
Free, RSVP essential

Join a photographs curator to explore the collection of Melbourne photographer Algernon Darge who photographed thousands of men in the Broadmeadows and Seymour camps prior to their embarkation for overseas service. This sizable collection tells many stories, so please join us to hear about some of them.

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

March

Behind the scenes tour of Mitchell storage facility

March 18, 2.30pm

Please join a Friends exclusive tour of our off site storage areas.  This is an opportunity for Friends to tour the hundreds of objects and artefacts not normally seen by the public. Get up close to the Memorial's massive collection of aircraft, rockets, vehicles, tanks, artillery, and equipment used by – or against – Australians in war for more than a century.

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

Please note: this tour is fully booked, to be placed on the wait list phone the Friends Coordinator.

May

Behind the collection of the Boer War
Saturday 14 May
10.30am
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