‘World War One: A History in 100 Stories’ was launched at Melbourne Museum on Remembrance Day 2015. Launching the book to a capacity audience, Professor Jay Winter described it as an exemplary social history, exploring new archives, addressing new themes and involving a welcome collaboration between senior and early career researchers. ‘World War One: A History in 100 Stories’ remembers not just the men and women who lost their lives during the battles of WWI, but those who returned home as well: the gassed, the crippled, the insane – all those irreparably damaged by war.
Speakers on the evening included the authors (Professor Bruce Scates and PhD candidates Rebecca Wheatley and Laura James), Professor Jay Winter and Professor Rae Frances (MC and Dean of the Faculty of Arts).
The launch attracted several hundred people and showcased Monash University’s ongoing collaboration with Museum Victoria. Included in the audience were representatives of the State Government, Monash University Council, the National Archives of Australia, the State Library of Victoria, the Shrine of Remembrance and a host of other cultural institutions.
The launch featured select screenings from the Monash MOOC exploring the contested memory of war and the first public performance of John Cronin’s new song commemorating the lost at Fromelles. Marcy Taylor (violin) and the Monash Jazz Quartet (Kieran Rafferty -drums, Patrick Schmidli – bass, Stephen Byth – saxophone, Anthony Barnhill – keyboard) also performed magnificently on the night. The event concluded with Kate Mani’s moving rendition of Amazing Grace. Kate was one of many Monash students and Alumni to attend the event. Next year she hopes to take up an internship at In Flanders Fields Museum, Belgium, strengthening another of Monash’s international alliances in the study of the Great War.
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