Shrine: Galleries of Remembrance


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The Shrine: Galleries of Remembrance project expanded and improved facilities for exhibitions, community research, and the delivery of school and community education programs.

The Galleries of Remembrance at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance won five awards at the 2015 Victorian Architecture Awards, including the prestigious Victorian Architecture Award.

The new education and exhibition space, built under the existing shrine building, was project managed by MPV on behalf of Veterans’ Affairs and the Shrine of Remembrance Trust.

Honours for the project and its architects, Ashton Raggatt McDougall, include:

  • the Property Council of Australia’s Innovation and Excellence S4B Studio Award for Best Heritage Development
  • the Victorian Architecture Award (the highest honour offered by the Architecture Institute’s Victoria Chapter)
  • the John George Knight Award for heritage buildings
  • the Urban Design Architecture Award
  • the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture (Alterations and Additions)
  • a commendation in the Sustainable Architecture category
  • the Melbourne Prize for recognition of projects that have made a significant contribution to Melbourne.

The Galleries of Remembrance is the centrepiece of Victoria’s commemoration of the centenary of World War I and ANZAC Day.

The project included extending the 80 year old building by creating an additional 3000 square metres of exhibition and educational space, as well as upgrading the existing Visitor Centre.

Delivered five months ahead of schedule, the project did not impact on the shrine’s daily activities or commemorative activities during the two year construction period.

Since the Galleries of Remembrance opened in November 2014, monthly visits to the shrine have increased by 15 per cent on average.

More than 546,000 people visited between November 2014 and April 2015, an increase of nearly 100,000 people or 21 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Project background

In May 2012 the Victorian Government committed $22.5 million towards the $45 million Galleries of Remembrance project at the Shrine of Remembrance.

The project focused on the redevelopment of the Shrine’s undercroft space and construction of a southern extension beneath the stairs and surrounding earth mounds. This created a mirror image of the Visitor Centre redevelopment, completed in 2003.

These new facilities enhance the Shrine’s capacity to meet demand for commemorative activities during the Centenary of ANZAC and the World War I commemorative period (2014–18).

One of the highlights of the development is the display of an original landing boat, the SS Devanha, used at the Gallipoli landing, on loan from the Australian War Memorial.

Major Projects Victoria worked with the Shrine Trust and Veterans’ Affairs to deliver the project.

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Anzac Centenary (2014–18)

Across the globe, the Anzac Centenary will be marked by millions of people, in places of special importance and in ways personally meaningful to them.

Here in Victoria, the Centenary provides an opportunity to reflect on the commitment to the nation, and the contribution of our own local World War I service men and women.

Visit to discover:

  • historical information
  • school and community resources
  • links to other important and national websites
  • an online portal to register commemorative events and World War I stories from around the state.

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