They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
‘Ode of Remembrance’, Laurence Binyon
Remembering Them is a project taking place in regional museums across Western Australia to commemorate the First World War. Up to 32 regional museums are working with the Project Group, made up of the WA Museum, Museums Australia WA Branch and the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, to develop exhibitions about the impact of the First World War on their communities.
The exhibitions will look at the social impact and human cost of the war and its effects on rural Western Australia. Themes will include experiences of loss, gallantry and survival – both at home and in combat – and the effect of the war on those left behind. The war had an impact even in communities that did not exist at the time, as it changed the landscape and population of Western Australia.
While many Centenary of Service projects will explore the big stories and grand narratives of World War One, Remembering Them will give communities the chance to anchor the stories of the war in their own homes. Those who served and those who stayed on the home front will be represented, as well as the changing community responses to the war and the ongoing impact.