the huntered housewife

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Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience

on May 1, 2016

The Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience has been travelling around the country for quite a while now. It is currently in Tamworth NSW, which is a little over an hour’s drive away for us – so of course I booked our tickets and away we went. The tickets are free, you just need to book into a time slot so crowd numbers can be kept to a manageable level. It’s one of those occasions where less is best in regards to how many people are allowed through at once. Each group would be around 40 people and it a self-paced tour so you can take all day if you like, but you really only need about 90 minutes, maybe 2 hours to do it justice.

I noticed that the exhibition was called and experience instead of an exhibition. To me, that meant that it was going to be more than simply looking at pictures and scratchy film clips from WW1 and I was correct. We were handed what looked like a smart phone and  head phones. It was the audio system – instead of a recorded narration being broadcast into each room, we had control over the volume and could restart or skip the narration for each section. There were info points we could wave what looked like our smart phone over to have extra information emailed to us if we found that bit particularly interesting. I swiped at many points because there was so much so see that I knew I wouldn’t remember much afterwards.

We walked through 14 or so sections and to be honest, I was so busy looking at stuff that I wasn’t really listening to the narration. It took us from the soldiers leaving Australia to when they returned. Or didn’t. Over 60,000 didn’t return.

We walked between sections over gangways, just like boarding a ship. The surrounds were matched to the theme of each section. At one point we were in a trench, with sandbag walls. There was the sounds of gunfire through our headsets. Throughout the experience we saw weapons, helmets, letters, an artificial leg, film footage, badges, statistics and lots more.

Being the Miss Paparazzi that I am, I took plenty of photos. Here are just some of them.

 

If you want to know more about the Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience, go to the spirit of anzac website. There you can find all the information you need to know about the tour. The effort that has gone into this experience is huge and I can’t imagine how long it takes to set up and pack up at each venue.  I believe it is heading to Queensland next and I highly recommend you go and see it if it is coming to a town near you.

Karen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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