War Heritage Roadshow 2017 to visit Ararat on October 20 offering advice on preserving war memorabilia

The War Heritage Roadshow 2017 that visit Ararat on October 20 to offer advice on preserving war memorabilia. Picture: UNIVERISTY OF MELBOURNE
The War Heritage Roadshow 2017 that visit Ararat on October 20 to offer advice on preserving war memorabilia. Picture: UNIVERISTY OF MELBOURNE

Families from Ararat have been invited to show their pieces of war heritage to conservation experts, share their stories and get free advice on cleaning and care during a ‘War Heritage Roadshow’.

The roadshow will be held at Pyrenees House, 9-59 Girdlestone Street, Ararat, on October 20.

The event is part of a state-wide Victorian Government initiative being delivered by the University of Melbourne Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation.

Letters, photos, flags and souvenirs are among the pieces of wartime memorabilia that will be examined at the

Antiques Roadshow-inspired event featuring Australia’s top preservation and conservation experts.

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 said Ararat had a long and proud military history.

“Two Royal Australian Navy ships have been named after the town and servicemen and women from across the region have served in conflicts ranging from Boer War to Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The Roadshow will help Ararat families learn about their war memorabilia and how it fits into Australian war history.”

Veterans Minister John Eren said the Roadshow was part of the Victorian Government War 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,” he said.

“The Roadshow will provide a wonderful opportunity for Victorians to learn how to care for their precious wartime objects.”

The Ararat War Heritage Roadshow will be held at Pyrenees House, 9-59 Girdlestone Street, Ararat on October 20 from 10am to 1pm.

The roadshow is free but bookings are essential.

For Bookings go online to http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/grimwadecentre/engagement/war-heritage-roadshow-2017.

Enquiries Phone: 03 9348 5700

Enquiries Email: warheritageroadshow@gmail.com

The roadshow will feature

  • An expert specialising in paper based wartime memorabilia (photos, prints, documents and diaries);
  • An expert specialising in 3D artefacts (uniforms, military kit and equipment, medals and textiles);
  • A military curator who will assist with general and historical information.

Memorabilia brought in for these sessions will be photographed as a documentary record of the workshops.

For your safety and that of others STRICTLY NO WEAPONS OR MUNITION. If you would like advice about these, please bring a photo.

We encourage people without memorabilia wishing to view sessions to book an observer ticket.

Demonstrations will be held from 2 - 4pm on October 20, including:

  • cleaning of metals,
  • how to safely store paper documents & photographs,
  • how to safely store your family collection,
  • conservation vacuum cleaning of memorabilia using items in your home,
  • researching military history.