WWI: Love & Sorrow

WWI: Love & Sorrow Daily, Now Showing
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

One of the world's most destructive conflicts recalled through the experiences of eight people.

A mother awaiting the return of her son. Brothers from Tyers River fighting on the Western Front. A Jewish German soldier on the other side.

The stories of World War I soldiers and their families remain profoundly affecting. Over 100,000 Victorians enlisted; survivors returned forever changed but many never came home at all. We still feel the war's aftermath today, a century after it began.

This exhibition includes over 300 objects and photographs, each of which tells a story of love and sorrow. As you make your way through the exhibition, the story of one individual unfolds on your smartphone via an integrated app created by Art Processors, developers of the 'O' at MONA.


Event Type: Temporary Exhibition

Daily, Now Showing
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Melbourne Museum

Included with museum entry.
MV Members receive FREE museum entry.

Comments (18)

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Sidney Murray 13 August, 2014 09:46
I can't wait to see the exhibition! As so much work has gone into it
Paul mayo 25 August, 2014 16:29
Glad I haven't missed this. Looking forward to seeing it.
Bronwyn Mitchell 29 August, 2014 05:23
Could you tell me how long this exhibition will run? I'm up in Brisbane and will be down in Melbourne for Christmas - just wondering if it will still be open then or if I should plan a special visit. Thanks.
denver goodall 29 August, 2014 08:59
til 2018 I think
Discovery Centre 29 August, 2014 09:58
Hi Bronwyn - at this stage, the exhibition will be open for 4 years, echoing the length of the war itself. You won't need to make a special trip, but we definitely recommend making time to come see it when you're in Melbourne.
David Pasco 3 September, 2014 15:40
Just visted 'WW1: Love & Sorrow'. Totally exceeded my expectations. Very moving. A must see. Well done.
Hazel Engdahl 5 September, 2014 07:03
I have a white tablecloth embroided by my great Aunt. It has SS Medic 1914 embroided in the corners. I believe she was on the ship at during that time. Her name was Jemimah Elizabeth Long. She went on to be in Charge of the Salvation Army Women's Hostel in Moore Park Road Sydney. I have newspaper clippings of her there. Would it be appropriate to show it in your exhibition. Kind regards Hazel Engdahl
Discovery Centre 8 September, 2014 10:13
Hi Hazel, thank you so much for your kind loan offer but the exhibition has been installed and is up and running and not currently in need of additional items.
Robyn H 9 September, 2014 18:24
I'm very pleased that there will be an Android app as well! Can't wait to get it and see the exhibition.
Jake 11 September, 2014 20:02
I cant wait to see this! being a Service Member and having family history involved in WW1 this will be awesome
Graeme 21 September, 2014 09:03
Hi I have been trying to trace down the diary of Edward Wylde Haverfield since some of the material was used in the Australian newspaper in 2008 but have had no success till now I see another entry from his diary has appeared in your introduction to the display. Would you be able to direct me to were the source is now kept please.
Discovery Centre 23 September, 2014 10:34

Hi Greame,

The original copy of Edward Wylde Haverfield's diary is held by the Australian War Memorial. Contact them to see if they can assist you in obtaining a copy.

Gerard Mountain 28 September, 2014 10:15
I heard about the exhibition on ABC's Rod Quinn's show last night ,funny, I just came back from Melbourne,I have to go back ,great excuse .I cannot wait .R.Quinn suggested the exhibition run for the length of the war ,four years.
Brett Moore 3 October, 2014 15:11
Absolutely fabulous. Being a Queenslander I was still very touched by Victoria's loss. Lest we forget!
Charmaine 8 October, 2014 18:30
Hi, Just a question about the Storyteller app (if this is the right place to ask): Will it work without an Internet connection? What does it rely on in order to work in the museum?
Discovery Centre 18 October, 2014 11:01
Hi Charmaine - The Storyteller app is designed for use in Melbourne Museum. The content is not available (apart from the trailer video at the start) until the device running the app is connected to the museum Wi-Fi. The content is triggered by Bluetooth beacons which are located next to objects (e.g. the ambulance and the Duigan in the foyer) and other areas with deeper content within the exhibition itself.

Upon entering the exhibition, the app prompts each visitor to select a character to follow and the content os downloaded over Wi-Fi to the device.

TJ 14 October, 2014 12:47
How long would it take to complete the whole exhibition?
Kaiser Wilhelm II 15 October, 2014 13:58
I will be there when it opens
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Exhibition website

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WWI: Love & Sorrow
Visit the exhibition website at loveandsorrow.com


Exhibition app

Storyteller app screenshot

Storyteller app
Download the Storyteller app, your personal guide through the
WWI: Love & Sorrow exhibition

Google Play version coming soon.