If you have any problems or queries concerning Remembering 1914–18, please email the Project Team at

The project

Why has the Museum created this website?

Remembering 1914–18 is one of the ways in which the National Museum of Australia is marking the centenary of the First World War. More information on the interactive is available on the about page.

How long will the website remain live?

Remembering 1914–18 will remain as an interactive website until 11 November 2018, the centenary of the end of the First World War. You can continue uploading object images until then.

What will happen to the site once the call for contributions ends?

After 11 November 2018, Remembering 1914–18 will remain live but it will no longer be possible to upload images or text. At that point it will become a digital archive and learning resource.

Can organisations contribute objects or is it strictly for individuals?

We welcome contributions from organisations including other cultural institutions, regional museums or historical societies.

If you would like some assistance or you wish to talk more about partnering with the Museum, please email in the first instance.


How do I look for objects in the interactive?

You can browse Remembering in the following ways:

Uploading objects

What kind of object images can I contribute?

The objects can relate to life on the home front or on the battlefields. They can be obvious, such as medals or pieces of equipment, or unusual. Surprise us!

We only ask that the object have a direct connection to the First World War or life in Australia at that time and, ideally, that it belongs to you or your family.

How do I contribute my object?

To contribute an object you will need to sign up by creating an account. It will only take a minute or so.

Why do I have to create an account to upload images?

Creating an account allows you to contribute photos of your own objects that are connected to the First World War. You can also create a collection drawing on existing images within the Remembering interactive.

Why is there a delay before publication?

The object and story you submit will be checked by the Remembering project team, so it may take a day or so before they are published.

We only ask for your email address and a public screen name that can be used on the interactive. This information allows us to identify your account and contact you about your contributions.

Do the objects have to be related to the First World War?

There must be some connection to the First World War period from 1914 until 1918. Objects may directly relate to the First World War or relate to life in Australia during that time.

Do I have to use my own images?

Either the image should be yours, or you should have permission to use it, or copyright should have lapsed. Please don’t use other people’s images or your own images of artwork whose copyright rests with someone else. Please see the conditions of use for more information.

By uploading an image, you guarantee that either you are the copyright owner or have permission from the copyright owner for the image to be published on this website.

My object was disallowed. What does that mean?

If your object has been disallowed it means we will not upload it in its current form. It might be because the object is not consistent with the rest of the interactive’s collection or because your submission breaches the conditions of use.

Can I resubmit an object or collection that has been disallowed?

Yes, you may edit it from your Dashboard, and this will automatically resubmit it to the Project Team.

Do I have to provide explanatory text?

We do ask that you provide a title for the object (no more than 40 characters) and a brief description (not more than 120 characters). We invite you to add more information — the story behind your object — but you don’t have to.

Can I submit text without an image?

No. Any information you provide has to be accompanied with a photo of the object in question. The Museum places a strong emphasis on the capacity of objects to tell the national story.

How do I donate my object to the Museum?

Remembering 1914–18 is concerned solely with the images of your objects rather than the objects themselves. However, if you feel your object may be suitable for donation to the National Museum of Australia, please go to the Museum’s donating objects page.

Can the Museum provide a valuation of my object?

The Museum cannot provide this service.

Can the Museum provide information on a member of my family’s involvement in the war?

No. Please contact the Australian War Memorial or the National Archives of Australia.

Can you help me or my organisation upload an object?

Yes, we are happy to help. Please email, ideally providing your phone number. Note that we only operate during business hours.


What does emotions tagging involve?

You will find an emotion circle on every object page. This allows visitors to the interactive to record their emotional response to the object. How you choose the emotion may be based on your response to the object or event, or how you imagine people at the time felt about it.

Generally, the more intense emotions are closer to the centre of the emotion circle. The larger the circle around each emotion the more people have selected it.

Why are you asking people to tag objects by an emotion?

Both Remembering and the Museum’s temporary exhibition The Home Front look at the experiences of war through the prism of people’s emotional responses to them. In the case of Remembering we are especially interested in your emotional responses to the events and objects available on the interactive.

How do I tag an object with an emotion?

Simply use your mouse to click on the relevant emotion. You do not need to be have signed in to do this. Tagging is anonymous.

How many emotions can I tag an object with?

As many as you wish. However, you can’t click the same emotion more than once. Doing so, will remove your original tag. You cannot remove other people’ tags.

Please do not tag objects frivolously as this can cause offence.

Why are you allowing people to tag an object with a number of emotions?

Many objects elicit more than one emotional response, even from a single person.

People are tagging my object with an emotion I don’t agree with. Can you change this?

Any visitor to the site has the right to tag an object on the interactive with an emotion that they consider suitable.


What is the purpose of creating collections?

A common use of this feature is to create a collection of objects you or your organisation have contributed. You can also create a collection or collections of your favourite objects.

It is a handy way to organise objects of most interest to you.

You can also then share the collection via social media or on your own website.

How do I create a collection?

You can only create a collection if you have an account and have signed in. Once you’ve done so, hover your mouse over the red ‘Collect and contribute’ button in the top right of the page and select ‘create new collection’.

How do I add an object to a collection?

Make sure you are signed in and have created a collection. You will then be presented with four different ways to find objects on the interactive: via emotions, images, the timeline or the object list.

Once you’ve found the object you would like to place in your collection, hover your mouse over the red ‘Collect and contribute’ button in the top right of the object’s page and select ‘Add to [your] collection’. You can only add objects to collections you have created.

Alternatively, you can tag an object as a favourite.

How do I embed my collection onto my website?

When viewing your collection, click on the ‘Share’ drop-down menu and then click on <embed>. You then copy and paste this code into the HTML of your website.


I am having technical difficulties. Whom can I contact?

You can email and our technical support people will get in touch with you. You might wish to provide a phone number.