Exhibition Program | Charles Bean: Life and Work


Academy Library, Building 13
UNSW Canberra at ADFA
Northcott Drive, Cambell ACT

9.00am to 5.00pm

The exhibition Charles Bean: life and work explores the legacy of the historian Charles Bean, marking the centenary of his conceiving the idea of a national war memorial museum during the battle of the Somme in 1916.

Mr Peter Rees, journalist and author, formally opened the exhibition on Friday 29 July.

The exhibition displays a range of historical material – objects, documents, photographs and works of art (some never before displayed). It explores aspects of his work as an historian and author, and of his life beyond the official history of the Great War. The exhibition reveals, virtually for the first time, Bean’s role in the creation of the National Archives of Australia and his wife’s struggle to gain Repatriation benefits for him in old age.

Charles Bean: life and work displays material from the Bean family (courtesy of Anne Carroll OAM), the National Archives of Australia, and the Library’s own collection. It has been curated by Prof. Peter Stanley of the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society at UNSW Canberra, and co-curated by Anne Carroll OAM and Anne-Marie Conde of the National Archives of Australia.

The exhibition is free and runs from 28 July to 28 October 2016. For opening hours to view the exhibition, visit Academy Library Hours https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/library/library-hours

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