BELGIUM BANNERS EXHIBITION06 October 2017
An exhibition of Belgium Banners will be available for display in the Museum Lecture Room from Wednesday, 11 October to Wednesday, 1 November 2017.
These banners can be viewed during normal museum hours.
This exhibition is presented by the Belgium Government in recognition of Australia’s participation in World War 1.
The Great War in Broad Outlines is an international travelling exhibition commemorating the centenary of WWI. It was designed by the Belgian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and is part of the wider framework of Belgian WWI commemorations. The exhibition was launched in 2014 and will conclude in 2018 after visiting 29 diplomatic posts including Canberra, Singapore, Istanbul, Pretoria, Washington, Kinshasa, Tokyo and Addis Ababa.
The exhibition arrived from India to begin its year-long Australian tour in Wagga Wagga (NSW) in November 2016. After its conclusion in Australia, the exhibition will travel to Canada.
In Australia, the exhibition is hosted by 12 small-medium regional town centres where it has been met with great enthusiasm. These include Toowoomba (QLD), Roma (QLD), Armidale (NSW), St Helens (TAS) and Hamilton (VIC). The exhibition is currently in Stirling (SA) and will then travel to you before concluding in Albany (WA). As these regional centres do not always receive the same exposure to commemorative events as the bigger cities, they are responsive and engaged in organizing such initiatives which makes them great partners. The focus on regional areas also increases the exposure to, and involvement of Australians with, WWI commemorations.
The exhibition consists of 30 roll-up banners (120 cmx215 cm) telling the story of WWI including its defining moments, pivotal battles and important themes. The banners contain both textual explanations and images. Please note that contrary to some of the attached images, the Australian banners contain only English text and feature additional images. There are three versions of the exhibition travelling simultaneously which have been tailored linguistically according to their destination.
The exhibition provides the Australian public with interesting information on the historic relations shared between Australia and Belgium during the Great War. It represents an opportunity to commemorate the common history between our countries and increase awareness and understanding about the history of WWI. The display of the exhibition in Australia also coincides with some of the most significant WWI events for Belgium with the commemorations for the centenary of the battles of Messines and Passchendaele occurring in June and October 2017 respectively.