WWI exhibition heading to Launceston

A THREE-YEAR World War I exhibition curated by the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery is scheduled to open this August.

The Great War 1914-18 Sacrifice and Shadows exhibition, to cost more than $100,000, will focus on move between different theatres of war and key features as World War I progressed.

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery director Richard Mulvaney said the exhibition would trace Australia's involvement in the war effort before its key involvement at Gallipoli, through to the war's aftermath and resulting impact; particularly the absence of support for returned soldiers and mental illnesses.

Mr Mulvaney described the exhibition as multifacted, with traditional photography and memorabilia displays to be mixed with multimedia installations.

One such installation with involve a diarama-like trench recreation that used historic moving images and sounds.

``We want to transport people to their comfortable place in Launceston to Gallipoli and the Western Front where conditions were hard,'' Mr Mulvaney said.

He said the exhibition would tell the story of the sacrifice that went on in Northern Tasmania to support the war effort, supported by locally contributed photographs and memorabilia.

``It was a tremendous time of a community coming together and doing what they could and there were plenty examples in Northern Tasmania,'' Mr Mulvaney said.

The exhibition will receive a $30,500 grant under the federal government's Anzac Centenary Grants Program, the highest provided in Tasmania.

Liberal Bass MHR Andrew Nikolic said the exhibition's focus on local experiences will play a pivotal role in enriching the community's reflections of World War I.

Mr Mulvaney said federal funding allowed for higher standard exhibition.

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