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Writing the war: personal stories from WWI

Hear extraordinary stories of war in this moving exhibition about the Australian experience of WWI.

Touring exhibition

09 April 2015, 12:00am04 June 2018, 12:00am
Location Various Victorian public libraries
(see locations and dates below)

Nurse, bank clerk, farmer, sports master, journalist, artist, activist – encounter seven ordinary Australians and hear their extraordinary stories of war in this moving exhibition tracing WWI through personal accounts. Between 2015 to 2017 this landmark exhibition will appear at the State Library and 12 public libraries throughout Victoria.

Explore many perspectives on WWI, from private correspondence with anxious families and friends back home, to powerful outcries seeking to sway public opinion about the war effort. Hear female perspectives on the horrors from the frontlines, and see everyday life as a soldier captured on camera. Long before Facebook posts and Skype calls, Australians serving during WWI shared their experiences through letters, diaries and photographs sent to loved ones. Watch, listen to and feel the power of those words brought to life through film and audio presentations.

At the State Library Writing the war is complemented by a special WWI centenary display in The changing face of Victoria exhibition (Level 5, Dome Galleries, State Library Victoria). Each Victorian public library will display Writing the war alongside historic WWI material drawn from those regional communities.

Exhibition locations and dates

Experience the Writing the war exhibition at any one of these locations: