Our Memorial is the centre of national commemoration for Australia’s involvement in conflict, telling the stories of Australia’s service men and women and their experiences in war and, more recently, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. However, the stories of the 100,000 Australian veterans who have served over the past three decades remain mostly untold.

Through transforming our galleries and renewing our exhibition spaces, we will have the capacity to tell these stories to ensure our Memorial continues to be a place to honour, to learn and to heal.

There will be quiet spaces in the galleries, allowing veterans and their families space away from crowds for respite and reflection. Our most iconic displays will return, ensuring our history continues to be understood by all generations of Australians.

Share your story

The Australian War Memorial is embarking on a development project to transform our galleries and renew our exhibition spaces. We will be sharing the stories of a new generation of Australian men and women who have served our nation in recent conflicts, and on peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.

Our curators are available to hear your story. Get in touch at gallerydevelopment@awm.gov.au

Donating items to the Memorial

The Memorial needs your help to develop our collections relating to recent conflicts, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.

We collect a wide range of significant material, such as uniforms, personal equipment, photographs, video footage, artworks, letters and diaries.

Of particular interest for our collection are:

  • items linked to a significant action or event
  • images and video taken on operations
  • items associated with women’s service.

To offer material for donation, get in touch with us at www.awm.gov.au/donations.

Our curators will then assess the material for inclusion in the National Collection.

Public consultations

We will be hosting a national gallery development consultation program in late 2020. For updates, please subscribe to our project newsletter Our Next Chapter.

When consultation details are confirmed, they will be published on our Stay Informed page.