Soldiers’ names, children’s voices: The Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour Soundscape project

This week Honest History published a piece by Dr David Stephens (@honesthistory1) about the Australian War Memorial’s Anzac centenary project Roll of Honour Soundscape. From early 2014, the Memorial will invite Year 6 students from around Australia to record the names and ages at death of the 62,000 Australians who died during the First World War. The recordings will then be broadcast in the Roll of Honour cloister during the centenary years. As heard in the Memorial’s video about the project, below, “Thomas Noonan, age 23… James Ashton Taylor, age 23… James Ellaby Abbott, age 18…”

Stephens’ piece is a valuable overview of the Soundscape project and asks some important questions about the context, purpose, and ethics of the primary school students’ involvement. I am also interested in the impact the project will have on visitors’ experience of the Memorial, in particular of the Roll of Honour. The project brings to mind my own experience of a similar undertaking at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium.

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About the header image, about me

One of the fun and, well, confronting things about starting a blog – at least for me – is that it’s not just about the writing. A blog needs a ‘Theme’. ‘Widgets’. And… a header image.

When I published my first post last week, I had no idea what the header image for Milstorical should be. Then I remembered @perkinsy‘s at her blog Stumbling Through the Past, looked around my study, and realised I had several cool things to photograph. The resulting image, below, also says quite a bit about why I’m interested in the things I’m interested in.

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