The Australian War Memorial is an important place for all Australians, where they can remember the service and sacrifice of those who have served in war and on operations. This is perhaps best expressed in the words of the Memorial’s founder, Charles Bean: “Here is their spirit, in the heart of the land they loved; and here we guard the record which they themselves made.” Since opening in 1941, the Memorial has recognised, honoured and told the stories of our defence force personnel and their experiences in war, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.
The Memorial’s ability to respectfully commemorate and display these stories is now at capacity; visitor numbers remain strong and modern conflicts are under-represented. There is no further gallery space to tell the stories of what is happening now and for the future. A significant redevelopment is required to improve the experience, education and understanding of our visitors by increasing gallery space and improving amenities.
The Memorial is developing a detailed proposal to submit to the Federal Government for funding for this project, and is also developing a Precinct Masterplan to create a vision that will guide the Memorial for the next 50 years.
Public consultation now closed
During August and September 2018 the Memorial sought feedback on five project themes in order to help shape the Federal Government submission and the Precinct Masterplan.
The public consultation program is now closed. Thank you to all who provided feedback and to those who attended our sessions throughout Australia.