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Case Study: Shrine of Remembrance

ProjectResearch Centre in new Galleries of Remembrance



ProgramPast Programs | Arts and Culture

This grant was approved under our previous grants policy (Jan 2014 – March 2017)
Building organisational capacity Develop new education and learning facilities to meet growing community interest in Australian service in wars and peacetime.
Extending opportunity Provide free access for schools and general public to a unique collection of exhibits, records and data.
Collaboration and partnership Collaboration with key international, national and Victorian archives and museums; partnerships with government, corporate and private sectors.

ANZAC spirit fires quest for answers

After funding the Shrine of Remembrance’s first Education Centre which saw school attendances jump from 8,000 to 50,000 over a decade, HMSTrust grants $250,000 to the first public Research Centre in the new Galleries of Remembrance.

Image Shrine Education Centre


  • As the ANZAC spirit grows stronger, the public appetite for information on the war and peacetime service of family and friends severely stretched the resources of Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance. Overall visitation to the Shrine reached 700,000 in 2013 and, when the new Galleries of Remembrance opened in November 2014, visitation increase considerably.
  • Through its Lead Grant of $250,000 towards the fit-out and resourcing of the new digital Research Centre within the Galleries, HMSTrust celebrated a decade of support for the Shrine’s education and learning programs.
  • Schoolchildren and members of the public are able to research and print their findings, place a virtual poppy on the electronic Rolls of Honour and immerse themselves in a unique place of learning and discovery linked to national and international records.
  • HMSTrust’s funding for the Shrine began when $207,000 was granted from 2004 to 2006 for the establishment of the Shrine’s first Education Centre, including the Spirit of ANZAC, a core educational audiovisual resource which is still in use today. Attendances of schoolchildren jumped from 8,000 in 2003 to 50,000 in 2013.

“In 2004 and 2005, HMSTrust generously supported the development of our Education Program and Education Centre. These grants were central to growing our programs. The Trust’s latest grant to the new Research Centre reinforces its commitment to education and learning.” Denis Baguely, Chief Executive Shrine of Remembrance.