Remembering Them: Newman Launch 2017
Remembering Them: Newman Exhibition Launch December 2017
Some four years ago, well before the centenary of World War One entered general public consciousness, there was in the museum sector a concern. The concern was that local stories relating to the War might be overwhelmed by the broad sweep of commemoration and memorialisation. It was then that an initial approached were made to Lotterywest to explore ways to relate how World War One impacted on local communities. The feeling at that time was that the great feats of gallantry and sacrifice at Gallipoli, the Somme, Passchendaele, Villars Bretonneau and Amiens would be honoured but that individual stories, both at home and abroad, the stories of family, relations, neighbours, friends and colleagues might be forgotten.
Lotterywest was interested and a state-wide call for expressions of interest by the Western Australian Museum, resulted in 32 regional partners coming forward. A project group comprising the Western Australian Museum, the Royal Western Australian Historical Society and Museums Galleries Australia Western Australia put together a funding application to Lotterywest which was supported and the Remembering Them project was launched in 2014.
The Centenary of Service – Remembering Them project has since worked with our 32 regional partners to provide research support, interpretive panels, pop up banners and high spec environmental showcases to facilitate the telling of stories of the impact of war on their community. The stories, personalities and issues presented through Remembering Them have been those selected by each local community. Every local project has therefore been unique and has been drawn from the memories, records, monuments and artefacts of each region.
Since our first Exhibitions in November 2014 at Kojonup, Corrigin, Cunderdin and Carnarvon, our community partners have told their stories in 29 locations.
This year Newman launched their Rembering Them Exhibition on the 10th December 2017 and will remain open to visitors into the New Year and in 2018 we’re finishing off the Remebering Them project with exhibitions being launched in York in April, Kununurra & Wyndham in May and Broome in June.
It adds another chapter of our understanding of how World War One impacted here in WA’s regions at the time, in the decades after and in our collective memories to this day.
The centenaries of World War One will pass but your community story will be remembered; the skills and expertise developed here as part of the project will remain; the showcase can be the focus and support of future exhibitions.
Lest We Forget. Thank You.