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 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.
Museum Members receive FREE museum entry.

Comments (50)

sort by
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.
billy bob jr 20 July, 2015 10:58
i agree
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
GK 24 October, 2014 21:08
is it better to have a smartphone to go through the exhibition?
MV Customer Contact Centre 6 November, 2014 16:11

Hi GK,

The Storyteller app is not essential but it will certainly enhance your experience of the WWI: Love & Sorrow exhibition. Although the app is designed to be used in the museum only, we recommend downloading it to your own device before visiting and if you forget your earphones these can be purchased at the shop.

Paul 1 November, 2014 22:04
At a time when we are again involved in a war and flag-wrapped nationalism this exhibition should be compulsory viewing. The tragic, pitiful and deeply moving cost of war and the impact it has long after hostilities have ended. Congratulations to the museum and the curators involved - an exceptional exhibition.
Anna 3 November, 2014 17:01
Do you have to make a special school booking to visit this exhibition. We'll be at the museum at around 12.00pm. Are there special booking times for school groups?
MVBookings 5 November, 2014 15:44

Hi Anna,

Thanks for your enquiry. As this exhibition space deals with sensitive themes of the emotional aftermath of war and it is a confined space, there are limits to the age and amount of students we can permit in there. Please contact the Melbourne Museum Bookings & Enquiries Office on 8341 7767 to further discuss.

Skye Bennett 4 November, 2014 22:13
I visited this exhibition over the weekend and found it profoundly moving. Handled in such a sensitive manner with some compelling content. I loved the final room containing interviews with living descendants.Well done.
How long is it on? 11 November, 2014 14:09
How long is this exhibition on at the museum? Why is this info not displayed?
MVBookings 14 November, 2014 15:59
Hi How long is it on?,

As mentioned above, the exhibition will be open for 4 years, echoing the length of the war itself. 
Mary Kiernan 20 November, 2014 08:03
What a wonderful exhibition, spent quite a long time, we'll set out and extremely interesting.
Shan 25 November, 2014 12:28
Hi, it looks like a fantastic exhibition, and I will certainly be sure to visit. I'm just wondering whether you uncovered any further info about Herbert Cecil Murray. He is my great great grandfather.
Kevin M 4 April, 2015 22:11
Hi Shan, I too am Herbert Cecil Murray's great great grandson from Orbost, Vic.
Cathy Oliver 3 December, 2014 09:18
Came down to visit with my son, 25, in the Reserves now. We were both very moved by this wonderful exhibition. What a good idea to follow eight people's war experiences! Ill have to go back to take it all in. Well done! CAThy
Wendy Verstoep 31 January, 2015 13:37
I visited the exhibition yesterday and congratulate the people involved in putting it together. Coincidently my Grandparents also lived at 7 Normandy Avenue from 1928 until the house was sold in 1970. My Grandfather, was a WW1 Veteran and served overseas with the 38th Battalion. Is it possible to get a copy of the information featured in the exhibition about the family who lived at 7 Normandy Avenue during the First World War years? Regards Wendy Verstoep
Barry Tilley 11 March, 2015 14:06
Will there be days during this exhibition that will be free of school excursions, I came to the Tut. exhibition and it was a waste of money as the place was full of school children and we could not see any of the exhibits very well.
MVBookings 12 March, 2015 09:39
Hi Barry, 

The WWI: Love & Sorrow exhibition is without school bookings on weekends and during school holidays. Other than that, schools tend to not visit later in the day, from 2pm onwards. Hope this information helps! 
Mr. Brown 19 March, 2015 09:48
Hi! Would this exhibition be appropriate for a Grade 1/2 excursion focusing on family / ANZAC life over the past 100yrs? Thanks.
mvbookings 21 March, 2015 14:16
Hi Mr Brown, The exhibition is more suitable for mid to upper secondary students, the teachers notes provide more details. The Melbourne Story exhibition is suitable for Y1/2 students and provides links to historical knowledge at F-2 level in the areas of  Personal and Family Histories and, Present and Past Family Life.  
Jill Hatherley 1 April, 2015 09:52
While researching 2 members of my family who fought and died at Gallipoli,Carl and Ernek Janssen I found there was a connection to John G Roberts.The boys knew each other in Ballarat.Carl and Ernek also had letters and diaries.Anyone able to tell me where they might be?
Helen Doyle 5 May, 2015 22:18
Hi Jill, You might be interested to know that I included a photo from the Australian War Memorial of your relative Ernek Janssen wearing the uniform of the 49th Infantry Brigade (Prahran) in my recent publication for the City of Stonnington, titled Suburbs at War.
Anne B 2 April, 2015 23:16
Love and Sorrow exhibit. Are there "O" style devices available for those of us who don't have a smart phone?
Kate C 7 April, 2015 14:27

Hi Anne,

You can borrow a device free of charge that is preloaded with the app. Just ask at the ticket desk when you arrive at the museum.

Kate C 4 May, 2015 16:47
I had the very great privilege to be shown around this extraordinarily moving and thought-provoking exhibition by the person whom I knew privately to be the curator, Deb Tout-Smith. This is an exhibition that explores the human tragedy of WW1 honestly and with deep empathy for those on both sides of the conflict. It places no blame but exposes the ongoing costs of war to families, society and thus ultimately economies. Ms Tout- Smith deserves great credit and has my sincere thanks and congratulations.
Help! How do I get the app? 6 May, 2015 11:02
I can't find the app in the app store. Is there a specific phrase I need to type in to the apple store in order to access it?
Discovery Centre 6 May, 2015 12:23
The Love and Sorrow app is no longer available to download from iTunes due to various technical issues, however visitors can now receive a device pre-loaded with the app here at the Museum on request. 
David Rafferty 15 May, 2015 15:49
I am about to finish an online course run by the Monash University under the banner of Free Learn. It is titled World War 1 : A history in 100 stories.It features your exhibition. Responses from students of the course are high in praise for the wxhibition. Well Done !!
Edith 23 June, 2015 14:09
The interactive site was excellent. My students don't have the ability to travel to metropolitan areas to see exhibitions such as this, so the online website was a real eye-opener for them. I hope there are far more like this in the future!!!
Doreen & Ben Lyon 25 June, 2015 11:54
we travelled up from Sydney to see the Imperial War Museum exhibition and also saw Love & Sorrow. We would like to complement you on this exhibition and the profoundly moving stories and the respect shown in the design.
Stephanie Faulkner 8 September, 2015 18:28
Claude Fankhauser's (nicknamed Fank) lawn mower and Braille typewriter are featured in the exhibition. My grandmother was Fank's housekeeper. My dad and uncle used his lawn mower often. After he was blinded in the war he taught them how to fish in Port Phillip Bay. We saw the exhibition for dad's 80th birthday.
Kari 2 November, 2015 20:58
Hi, just wondering if this exhibition will be on in July next year as I am organising a trip to Melbourne from Albury with year 12 students and would love for them to see it as they study world war 1. Is there anything else that might be appropriate? We also study the Vietnam war and Russia from 1917-1941? Thanks for your help!
Dillon Milenkovic 11 January, 2016 21:10
Would ww1 love and sorrow be suitable for my 6 and 11 year old children who are interested in war at the moment?
mvbookings 13 January, 2016 08:22
Hi Dillon,
Thank you for your enquiry. The Love and Sorrow exhibition handles compelling content in a sensitive manner. This exhibition space deals with sensitive themes in the emotional aftermath of war. The exhibition follows eight people's war experiences, exploring the human tragedy of WW1 honestly and with deep empathy for those on both sides of the conflict. There are hands-on interactives and an app that guide you through the exhibition. You may borrow an app from the ticketing desk  The space is divided in different sections and one of these sections deals with face disfiguration and the consequences of war. This content may not be suitable for younger children.
Write your comment below All fields are required

We love receiving comments, but can’t always respond.