Welcome to 2018
The year 2018 is a significant one at the Australian War Memorial, marking the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. Throughout the year the Memorial will commemorate this milestone and pay tribute to the sacrifice of all those who served.
A creative public program will combine public activities, displays, installations, and events for the five-week period from 5 October to Remembrance Day, 11 November 2018. The centrepiece to the commemorations will be the installation on the Memorial’s grounds of 62,000 knitted red poppies. These poppies represent the Australian lives lost in the First World War.
See our Centenary of Armistice webpage for more information.
January is a great time to visit the Australian War Memorial. Whether you have a few hours or a whole day, you’ll discover the diverse Australian experiences of war and connect with the stories of the people and events that shaped Australia. Join us for tours, talks, free school holiday fun, special Friends of the Memorial events, and a host of other activities. Visit our events page for more information.
Something for the kids
Our Discovery Zone is a hands-on educational space where children can experience different environments inspired by Australia’s military history. Children can dodge sniper fire in a First World War trench, take control of an Iroquois helicopter and peer through the periscope of a Cold War submarine.
BAE Systems Theatre, 12 pm
This free public talk explores the history of tattoos in the Australian military and their representation in the Memorial’s collection.
The Australian War Memorial is proud to announce that the Bryan Gandevia Prize to foster and promote research into Australian military history, military-medical history, and military-social history is now open for submissions.
The prize, totalling $5,000, is awarded biennially to an outstanding honours, masters, or doctoral thesis on a significant subject on military, social, or medical aspects of Australian wartime history.
Applications close on 30 June 2018. Visit the Bryan Gandevia Prize webpage for details.
Thank you to our Friends
This feature-length documentary, produced by renowned broadcaster Max Uechtritz and narrated by Jack Thompson, illustrates the emotional impact on the people of both Belgium and Australia as the lions are return to home soil for the first time in more than 80 years.
Replicas of the two Menin Gate lion sculptures, donated to the Australian War Memorial by the burgomaster of the Belgian city of Ypres in 1936.
Originally painted by Will Longstaff in 1927, Menin Gate at midnight commemorates those soldiers with no marked graves who died on the Western Front during the First World War.