As part of the Australian War Memorial’s commemorations for the First World War (FWW) centenary, the much-loved diorama battle scenes are receiving detailed attention from a team of dedicated conservators. The first time such extensive conservation has been conducted since their original creation in the 1920s and 30s, the diorama conservation project sits within the wider context of the Memorial’s major redevelopment of its First World War galleries. As such, close collaboration with internal workshop, registration, curatorial and exhibition staff along with external builders and designers is required to facilitate substantial structural building works and layout changes, most notably the rearrangement of the dioramas into chronological order.

AICCM National Conference 2013
Paper author:
Alana Treasure, Nicholas Flood, Jocelyn Evans, Kasi Albert, Helen Gill and Janet Hearne