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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