About a month ago we visited the Australian War Memorial. I had heard it was a huge building with so much displayed within it that it would take days to take it all in. I didn’t think this would be true, but you soon realise the grandeur of the building, as it houses airplanes, model displays, cinematic screens and a vast amount of memorabilia of war collections.
We went on a Monday morning and joined a guided tour (thanks to Ken J for his tour, who is also a Volunteer where I work at Tidbinbilla) which was excellent to hear about all the collections and to be shown the main points of interests. As you follow the group, you pass by other areas which you don’t get to see, otherwise the tour would have lasted several months and not the hour and a half. At the end of the tour you come to the Light and Show display featuring the airplanes of World War Two – this is definitely worth seeing. I also enjoyed the model dioramas of World War One, as it really helps you to imagine the horrific scenes. Don’t forget to also see the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Two moments of the day gave me most inspiration – poppies that have been placed in the Roll of Honour gave a striking view as they made the plaque wall become a sideways landscape of red; and the playing of the Last Post at the Closing Ceremony which they have everyday, and on this occasion torrential rain came in half way through adding to the ambient atmosphere. I then set about combining these two moments into a picture, which proving tricky at first, I finally came round to completing the image today, a month later!
So after our first visit realising how much we hadn’t seen and how much we wanted to revisit, we decided to go back again the next day! I would definitely recommend a visit to The Australian War Memorial whether you are visiting Canberra or live in Canberra.
Poppies on the Roll of Honour.
The Last Post at the Closing Ceremony.