Refurbishment of First World War Galleries at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

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DVA Publications Staff

The First World War Galleries at the Australian War Memorial have been refurbished to help generations of Australians learn about our nation’s involvement in the First World War.

The new galleries were formally opened on 22 February, and serve as a contemporary way to explore the events of the First World War. They will help generations of Australians learn about our nation’s involvement in the campaigns and battles of the First World War, and to see first hand examples of the equipment, aircraft and weaponry that were used in this conflict. The galleries commemorate the extensive losses Australia suffered during the war, and explain the context in which they occurred.

The galleries also include the Australian War Memorial’s dioramas and display more than 1,600 items from the National Collection.

The project cost around $32.5 million (GST excl.) including $28.7 million of funding from the Australian Government.

The redevelopment of the galleries presented a significant challenge in retaining and restoring items from the original First World War displays while acknowledging the ways in which commemoration has evolved and presenting the story in a way that is relevant to a modern audience.

More information about the redevelopment of the First World War Galleries is available at the Australian War Memorial website.