Put your hands on history with these engaging learning resources for any age. Memorial Boxes are filled with real and replica uniforms, equipment, artefacts, and more. They are supported by a range of case studies and activities which are available online.

Memorial Boxes can be used to invigorate classroom lessons, inspire historical investigation, and add meaning to commemorative activities. They can also be adapted for use as a therapeutic tool in an aged care facility or as an interactive display in a community museum.

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Memorial Box 1 - Australians in the First World War

The Boxes

There are four different Memorial Boxes available, corresponding to different conflicts or aspects of wartime experience.

  1. Australia in the First World War

    Go back 100 years to a defining moment in our nation's history, and put yourself in the shoes of those who were there.

  2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wartime service

    Unravel the unique wartime experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and their significant contribution to Australia’s defence over time.

  1. Australia in Wartime and Peacekeeping Operations since 1946

    Australia in Wartime and Peacekeeping Operations since 1946.  New Memorial Box coming soon.

  2. Australia in the Second World War

    Objects and stories from land, sea, and air, exploring a selection of the almost one million Australian men and women who served during this time of upheaval.  

Borrowing a Box

Memorial Boxes are available across Australia, and are borrowed from our agents in various states and territories. For details on booking a Memorial Box, find your nearest agent and get in touch.


Memorial Boxes are free to use. There may be a fee to cover postage/courier; check with your nearest agent for details.

Links to the Australian Curriculum

The Memorial Box program has been designed to align with the History learning area of the Australian Curriculum. Find out more about curriculum relevance.

Risk assessment

Be sure to read the Memorial Box risk assessment before borrowing or using a Box.

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Online resources

Online case studies and activities have been developed for each Memorial Box. Additional classroom resources, such as A Very Special Day, are also available.