Between Battles: commemorating the cultural lives of soldiers

Brennan, Claire, Ryder, Jane, Styan, Anthony, Liebich, Susann, and Ortega Martinez, Maria Liliana (2015) Between Battles: commemorating the cultural lives of soldiers. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

This exhibition explored the cultural lives of soldiers, a topic that permeated every aspect of soldiers' experiences of the First World War but that is rarely commemorated. The exhibition revealed that a wide range of cultural activities were undertaken by soldiers including reading, writing (both personal and for publication), musical performances, craft, and experiences of travel.

Kind assistance from the family of Astley James Bromfield allowed the exhibition to include items from the family's collection and to explore a North Queensland soldier's experiences of the War.

The exhibition drew on significant original research conducted using the resources of Special Collections at the James Cook University Library. It presented items held by that library, items from the 4RAA Museum Collection, and material generosuly loaned by the family of Astley James Bromfield.

Research Statement

Research Background This work was funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs as part of the 100 Years of Anzac Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program. It explored the cultural lives of soldiers using collections available in Townsville and included a specific focus on the experiences of North Queensland soldiers.
Research Contribution This exhibition furthered understandings of the cultural lives of Anzac soldiers. It presented its findings to the Townsville community through public displays in evocative locations but also made its findings available to a global audience through the production of a research blog. The electronic component of the project remains permanently available.
Research Significance This project involved original research focussed on local collections of objects. It drew on the resources of Special Collections at the James Cook University Library.
Item ID: 43890
Show/Exhibition: Between Battles: commemorating the cultural lives of soldiers
Townsville CityLibraries and Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Townsville, QLD, Australia
20 April - 5 June 2015
Keywords: World War I; cultural lives; soldiers; trench art; army bands; trench editions; reading lives; YMCA; North Queensland
Media of Output: Physical objects, captions (paper on foamcore), reproduction images (paper on foamcore), blog
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Funders: Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), ANZAC Centennary Local Grants Program
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2017 23:04
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 100%
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