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Australia’s top preservation and conservation experts will examine war memorabilia at the Antiques Roadshow-inspired event as part of a state-wide War Heritage Roadshow.
A Victorian Government initiative being delivered by the University of Melbourne Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, the Roadshow is designed to help preserve Australia’s wartime history, from the Boer War to the most recent conflicts, and give families and communities the tools to care for their memorabilia at home.
Grimwade Centre Director, Professor Robyn Sloggett, says many Warrnambool families have items of service and wartime memorabilia that help tell the story of Australia’s war history and represent community contributions to the war effort.
“This roadshow will help families look after and better understand the stories behind war memorabilia that has been passed down to them through generations,” she says.
Minister for Veterans John Eren says the Roadshow is part of the Victorian Government Veterans Heritage and History Strategy to safeguard our wartime legacy for future generations.
"Many Victorians hold wartime artefacts important to their family story – and we want to make sure they can stay safely in family hands,” Mr Eren says.
“The Roadshow will provide a wonderful opportunity for Victorians to learn how to care for their precious wartime objects.”
The Warrnambool War Heritage Roadshow will be held at Emmanuel College, Old Hall, 37 Ardlie Street, Warrnambool, on 11th and 12th August before heading to Morwell and Bairnsdale in September.