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Museums, History and the Intimate Experience of the Great War
Love and Sorrow

ISBN 9780367487546
Published October 8, 2020 by Routledge
256 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Great War of 1914-1918 was fought on the battlefield, on the sea and in the air, and in the heart. Museums Victoria’s exhibition World War I: Love and Sorrow exposed not just the nature of that war, but its depth and duration in personal and familial lives. Hailed by eminent scholar Jay Winter as "one of the best which the centenary of the Great War has occasioned", the exhibition delved into the war’s continuing emotional claims on descendants and on those who encounter the war through museums today. Contributors to this volume, drawn largely from the exhibition’s curators and advisory panel, grapple with the complexities of recovering and presenting difficult histories of the war. In eleven essays the book presents a new, more sensitive and nuanced narrative of the Great War, in which families and individuals take centre stage. Together they uncover private reckonings with the costs of that experience, not only in the years immediately after the war, but in the century since.

Table of Contents


War, Emotion and the Museum

Joy Damousi, Deborah Tout-Smith and Bart Ziino

Part I

Emotions in Conflict: On the Battlefield and at Home

1. Emotions and Memory in the Soundscapes of World War I

Joy Damousi

2. Pompey Elliott, Australia’s Emotional General

Ross McMullin

3. For the Duration: Surviving World War I at Home

Bart Ziino

Part II

Bearing the Wounds of War

4. A Familiar Face: Wartime Facial Wounds and William Kearsey

Kerry Neale

5. War Disability and the Centenary of Family Caregiving

Marina Larsson

Part III

Emotions in Histories of World War I

6. Searching for Hector Thomson: Telling Difficult Family War Histories

Alistair Thomson

7. "Gonzo" Historians and the Emotional Turn in Australian Military History

Peter Stanley

8. Distance, Intimacy and Identification: Reflections on Writing a History of Trauma

Tracey Loughran

Part IV

World War I in the Museum: Love and Sorrow at Museums Victoria

9. After One Hundred Years: Exhibiting World War I

Deborah Tout-Smith

10. "Sticky" Objects, Faces and Voices in the Museum: Love and Sorrow’s use of Affective Interpretation Strategies to Challenge Masculinist Commemorations of World War I

Andrea Witcomb

11. "The Stories are like Magnets": Love and Sorrow and the Engagement of On-Line Learning

Bruce Scates and Margaret Harris


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Joy Damousi is Professor of History at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Labour of Loss: Mourning, Memory and Wartime Bereavement in Australia (1999) and co-editor (with Paula Hamilton) of A Cultural History of Sound, Memory and the Senses (2017).

Deborah Tout-Smith is Senior Curator, Home & Community, in the Society & Technology Department of Museums Victoria. She has curated major exhibitions including World War I: Love & Sorrow (2014), and curates Museum Victoria’s Military History, Home & Community and Childhood collections. Deborah is Vice-chair of the Board of ICOM Australia.

Bart Ziino is Senior Lecturer in History at Deakin University. He has published widely on the politics of memory and commemoration. He is the author of A Distant Grief: Australians, War Graves and the Great War (2007), and editor of Remembering the First World War (2015).