Reading Room, Saturday 17 May 2014, 11.00am. Bookings are essential.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the military’s official documents?
Have you ever wondered how historians and academics access military documents and files for their research?
Now is your chance to take a look behind the scenes at the official records held by the Australian War Memorial as a part of the Autumn Activities program. This tour, led by the official records team, will explain what records the Memorial holds, why these items are held and where they fit into the overall role of the Memorial.
The tour will begin with a talk by the Curator of Official Records in the Memorial’s Reading Room. You will learn about what official records are, how they are acquired, how they are organised, what they are used for, who may access the records and for what purposes.
You will then get a chance to be taken through to the Memorial archives area, which is not usually open to the public. This is a rare opportunity to see how these official documents are stored and the environment that ensures their preservation which includes details on temperature and pest control, and emergency management procedures for various disasters and incidents.
The tour will then head back to the Reading Room when you’ll get the chance to see some interesting records from the collection up close. These range from maps to photographs, and correspondence to diagrams. When looking through you’ll see a wide range of formats such as microform, tapes and a variety of paper and printing techniques. You will also see items that require repairs and learn about the techniques employed to undertake basic conservation to ensure their preservation. There will also be time to hear some fascinating personal stories that arise from these pieces.
To ensure your place on this fascinating tour, please book by calling (02) 6243 4473 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that this tour has an access limitation and that bookings close Thursday 15th May.