The Shrine was created to ensure that the sacrifices of Victorians during the First World War would never be lost on future generations. It has also served as a place of public and private remembrance for all conflicts since, and provides a space to analyse the events, motivations and consequences of conflict. It encourages us to look forward, but does a better understanding of the mistakes of our past encourage us to build a peaceful future?
The Shrine has taken some exciting steps in recent years to highlight efforts to eliminate world conflict and aid those touched by war, including the development of a dedicated Peace Gallery. But can war memorials play a larger role in fostering reconciliation?
Join a panel comprising a young veteran, an academic, a peace theorist and a curator to explore these questions.
- Sergeant David Robertson, recipient of the Medal for Gallantry
- Dr Steven Cooke
- Steve Killilea
- Jean McAuslan