18 October 2017
A State Library Victoria exhibition exploring the human drama of the First World War has drawn record crowds on its tour across Victoria.
Writing the War: Personal Stories from WWI is an exhibition featuring stories of seven Victorians drawn from the collection of the State Library and other WWI archives, developed in partnership with the Public Libraries Network Victoria.
The exhibition debuted at the State Library in April 2015 before heading off on a tour of metropolitan and regional libraries, supported by Creative Victoria.
Over the course of two years, the exhibition stopped in nine locations including Box Hill, Beechworth, Echuca, Ballarat, Portland, Eltham and Swan Hill. Each host library displayed Writing the war alongside historic WWI material drawn from their own community.
The tour reached an audience of more than 168,000 people over the course of its run, outstripping the projected visitation numbers by 180%.
The host libraries reported a significant impact in terms of visitor and community engagement, prompting the State Library to extend the program for a year, adding six new locations.
Running through to June 2018, the Writing the War tour will now visit Cranbourne, Tallangatta, Mornington and Caroline Springs, following runs in Kilmore and Bairnsdale.