Detail of the Mont St Quentin diorama (ART41018) Web Gilbert and Louis McCubbin, Mont St Quentin diorama (detail). ART41018

Counted among the greatest treasures of the Memorial, the First World War dioramas were constructed in the 1920s: two new Korean dioramas were completed in 2007. Visitors are drawn to them as if by magic, and memories of them often last a lifetime.

The idea for the dioramas came from discussions during the First World War between Charles Bean, one of the Memorial’s founders, and a group of war artists and others. Bean wanted the dioramas to be more than simply battlefield models. He saw them as works of art, a way of helping people in Australia to understand the devastation and danger of battle, and the sacrifice and sufferings of the people to whom the Memorial is dedicated.

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