• 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


    2015 Activity schedule

    Perspective on Operation Slipper

    Friday 20 March
    BAE Sytems Theatre
    FREE, bookings essential

    Operation Slipper was Australia’s military contribution to the war in Afghanistan.

    Friends of the Memorial are invited to a presentation by Memorial historians Steven Bullard and Aaron Pegram, who will be joined by Major Nigel Earnshaw (Rtd), a veteran of the campaign, and Mr Hugh Poate, father of an Australian serviceman who served in Afghanistan in 2012.

    This short presentation will provide an overview of Australia’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan in the lead up to the official Welcome Home Parade the following day on Anzac Parade. The presentation will reflect on the experiences of Australian servicemen and women and the impact of their service and sacrifice on families left at home.

    Please note this presentation has limited places. Bookings are essential.

    Bookings close Wednesday 18 March

    Victory in Europe (VE) Day Commemorative Art Tour: Bomber Crew

    Thursday 7 May
    9.00 am
    Meet at the Administration Building
    FREE, bookings essential

    Stella Bowen’s iconic painting Bomber Crew (ART26265) comes home! Bowen was one of only three women commissioned under Australia’s official war art scheme during the Second World War.

    Bomber Crew captures on canvas the experience, adventures and loss of Australian airmen who took part in the air war over Europe, and returns after touring with the Memorial’s exhibition Reality in Flames: modern Australian art and the Second World War.

    In conjunction with the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, Friends of the Memorial are invited to join curators behind the scenes for an insight into Bowen’s painting, the portrait sketches she made of the pilots on the day of their fateful mission, and the flying equipment they would have worn.

    This special event takes place on Thursday 7 May and will culminate with a tour of a Lancaster bomber in Anzac Hall.

    Please note this tour has limited places. Bookings are essential.
    Bookings close Friday 1 May