Twelve months ago I went to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) with the Australian War Memorial. I was working on an oral history-photographic project. The core part of the project was interviewing and photographing 19 currently serving members of the ADF - from the army, navy and airforce - before, during and after their deployment in 2013 to the MEAO. In another 12 months time, you should be able to see the results of this work in an exhibition which will travel around Australia.
Thank you to everyone who had a go at last week's Collection Detection. As promised, here is the answer:
What is it?
This is #6 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we aim to make collection items accessible for classroom use by looking closely at an object and the story behind it.
So examine the object above and tell us what you think it is in the comments. (For those in the know, maybe you can guess how it was used!) As usual we will post the answer and the full story next week.
Thank you to everyone who had a go at last week's Collection Detection, and congratulations to those who guessed (or searched!) correctly:
It is a ‘Garland’ improvised trench mortar, found in the Australian trenches at Lone Pine, Gallipoli.
The Australian War Memorial is fortunate to have nearly eighty Memorial Boxes situated across Australia. Twenty are stored on-site here in Canberra whilst the remainder are administered by the State Library of Queensland, Social Education Victoria, City of Fremantle, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Darwin Military Museum, State Library of South Australia, Albury City Library Museum, Western-Australian Museum and Museum of Tropical Queensland throughout the year.
Here in the Education section we love to know what you're working on in the classroom, or how you might have used some of our resources. Send in your pictures, poems, photos, or anything else you'd like to share to email@example.com. We'll feature a selection on our website every month.
Look forward to hearing from you!
"What is it?"
Calling all teachers, students, and history buffs: test your observation and deduction with number five in our Collection Detection series. Tell us what you think this object is in the comments section below, and next week we will post the answer along with some questions for classroom research and discussion.
Hint: This object was found at Lone Pine in January 1919 by Lieutenant William Hopkins James.
Thanks to everyone who submitted answers to last week's Collection Detection challenge either here on the blog or on our Facebook page. Well done to those who knew the answer!