Les dioramas de l’Australian War Memorial (Canberra). Réécrire le récit national à l’heure du centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale

Abstract : The Australian War Memorial (AWM) in Canberra reopened its First World War Gallery after a major renovation in 2014. It presents a dozen of dioramas featuring battlefields in which the Australian Imperial Forces were engaged during the conflict. According to a souvenir guide, “visitors are magically drawn to them, and the memories that are left over are often lifelong”. How to understand this “magic” exerted by the dioramas on their visitors? In such a context, what functions are they expected to fulfill? By observing the place and the agentivity of the dioramas, before and after the 2014 renovation, we highlight how these museological displays reveal the memory issues of Australian society at the time of the Centennial, and how, until nowadays, they re-articulate the links between visitors and their history.
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Gaëlle Crenn. Les dioramas de l’Australian War Memorial (Canberra). Réécrire le récit national à l’heure du centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale. Culture et Musées, Actes Sud, 2018, 32, pp.25-52. ⟨10.4000/culturemusees.2241⟩. ⟨hal-02003022⟩

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