- $519,000 Lotterywest grant helps regions stage WWI exhibitions
Remembering Them, a WA Centenary of Service initiative
Local communities across WA tell their stories in their own voices
An initiative helping regional museums and historical societies across Western Australia tell the stories of the significant impact that World War I had on their communities has received a $519,000 funding boost from Lotterywest.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the Remember Them project combined expertise from Museums Australia WA Branch, the Western Australian Museum and the Royal Western Australian Historical Society to help support communities to tell their stories.
“World War I had a huge social impact right across the nation, and there wasn’t a town or a community in WA it didn’t touch,” Mr Day said.
WA sent 32,231 volunteers into battle during World War I during the years 1914 to 1918. This represented 33 per cent of all men aged 18 to 41. The rate of Australian deaths in combat was 145 per 1,000 troops deployed.
“Helping people in regional communities remember and commemorate the human cost of that war, by developing exhibitions which tell their stories in their own voices, is a very significant contribution to our national Centenary of Service commemorations,” the Minister said.
About 32 regional museums, historical societies and local government organisations have signed up to take part in the project. They are receiving help with research, a showcase for memorabilia, expertise to design their exhibitions, pull-up banners and panels to tell the stories relevant to their community.
Themes being developed include loss, gallantry, mateship and survival - not only for those who went to war, but also for those left behind.
“While many Centenary of Service projects will explore national stories and grand narratives, the Remembering Them project goes to the very heart of how local communities were impacted,” Mr Day said.
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