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More space to allow AWM to tell new stories

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Proposed entry to the new spaces at the AWM

The proposed entry to the new spaces.

The Australian War Memorial (AWM) is starting work to enable it to better tell contemporary stories of the men and women of Australia’s defence forces.

Since 1941, the Memorial’s galleries have told the stories of those who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice in war, warlike operations, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, but they are at capacity.

Just a fraction of the Memorial’s collection can be displayed and while the crowded galleries tell stories of service from the Boer War, the two World Wars, Korea and Vietnam, its ability to capture the stories of Australian efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Solomon Islands and East Timor is constrained.

A major redevelopment of the Memorial’s galleries and precinct will significantly increase exhibition and public program space to ensure visitors are able to access information about servicemen and women’s work in recent theatres and in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.

Redeveloping the galleries and precinct will significantly increase exhibition and public program space to better display the stories of current and recent conflicts, operations, peacekeeping and humanitarian missions.

The redevelopment will enable today’s returning young service people to better explain their service and sacrifices now, instead of waiting years to do it.

The redevelopment will provide a new temporary exhibition area, improved visitor orientation, wayfinding and amenities, new education facilities and areas for respite and reflection, space for veterans’ organisations and electronic displays showing defence activity today as well as the nation’s many memorials and cenotaphs.

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