A community project aimed at promoting understanding of the impact of war has won the Multimedia Award at the Victorian Community History Awards.
The We Remember project premiered in 2015 on Remembrance Day and was last week recognised at a special ceremony at the Melbourne Arts Centre.
The award recognises the best presentation of history which uses non-print media and has broad community reach, along with $1500 in prize money.
The judges said of the project: “The entry clearly shows a high level of student engagement in a project that crosses generations and promotes understandings of the impact of war on the front as well as at home. It culminated in a website and commemorative community events including presentation and display of the children’s findings, a lighting display. This most impressive multi-media entry, available on http://culturewangaratta.com/we-remember-project/ is inspirational in its inclusive exploration of how the First World War impacted on a whole community.”
The project was made possible through funding of $40,000 from the Victorian Governments ‘Anzac Centenary Major Grants Program’.
Students from Our Lady’s Primary School, Myrrhee Primary School, Carraragarmungee Primary School and Wangaratta High School were involved in researching and creating interactive projects to unearth what World War 1 means to them.
Rural City of Wangaratta Chief Executive Officer Brendan McGrath said those who contributed to the project should be proud.
“We are really pleased to be acknowledged in this way for such an outstanding project,” he said.
“The involvement of the schools, families and the community to see this project through to fruition was vital to the project’s success so we share this success with everyone who was involved.”