Each month, join the Australian War Memorial online as we peel back the layers of time to explore key moments in history, go behind-the-scenes into the workings of a world class museum, and share with you some of the important artefacts from our extensive collection. Our Museum At Home webinar series gives you the chance to hear from our historians, curators and other expert staff, and a unique opportunity to ask questions about Australia’s military history.
February 2021 - Friday 12th - Gulf War 30th Anniversary
January 2021 - Thursday 28th - For Gallantry
From the frozen wastes of Antarctica to the burning ruins of the Bali bombings, For Gallantry tells the stories of the 28 Australians awarded the nation's highest non-combat awards for bravery: the Imperial George Cross and its Australian Honours and Awards replacement, the Cross of Valour.
December 2020 - Tuesday 15th - Art of Nation
November 2020 - Wednesday 4th - Ink in the Lines
Many members and veterans of the Australian Defence Forces have tattoos, and while their reasons for getting tattooed are as varied as the people themselves, self-expression and belonging play a part.
In this webinar, take a closer look at some of the tattoo stories we uncovered in developing our new exhibition, Ink in the Lines. Senior Curator, Stephanie Boyle and Manager of Digital Preservation, Bob McKendry interviewed hundreds of current and former Defence Force personnel about their tattoos and their reasons for getting inked.
October 2020 - Wednesday 14th - How historians research for the Last Post Ceremony
The Last Post Ceremony has become an iconic event at the Australian War Memorial commemorating an individual on the Roll of Honour, daily, 364 days a year. The Last Post Ceremony provides a solemn commemoration of an individual’s sacrifice and their story. In this webinar, we take a closer look at how historians at the Australian War Memorial researches those commemorated in the daily ceremony with historian Dr. Meleah Hampton.
Dr. Meleah Hampton is a historian in the Military History Section, where she has worked since 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and completed her PhD with a thesis on the 1916 battles for Pozières and Mouquet Farm. Her primary interest is in the operational conduct of the First World War on the Western Front. She is a member of the editorial staff of the Memorial’s magazine, Wartime, and continues to research and write biographies for the Last Post Ceremony.
September 2020 - Thursday 10th - VP Day and the end of the Second World War
Dr. Karl James has been a historian at the Memorial since 2006, and has been Head of the Military History Section from 2019. A graduate of the University of Wollongong, his research focuses on Australia’s involvement in the Second World War.
August 2020 - Tuesday 11th - Korean War 70th Anniversary
Take a closer look at Australia's role in the Korean War with historian Michael Kelly and curator Elise Horspool in this free webinar hosted by the Australian War Memorial.
This is an interactive webinar, where viewers have the opportunity to send in questions online during the event for our speakers to answer.
Michael Kelly is a First World War and Korean War historian in the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial.
Michael has delivered talks to public conferences and the media and publishes regularly in the Memorial's military history magazine Wartime. Most recently Michael co-edited In from the cold, Reflections on Australia’s Korean War , ANU Press, Canberra, 2019. https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/cold
Elise Horspool completed her Bachelor of Arts (History Major and Minor) at the ANU. She has worked in many roles at the Australian War Memorial, most recently as an Assistant Curator in the Military Heraldry and Technology section.