Scholar Talk: Daily & intimate records of World War I
With Elise Edmonds
For the past 5 years the Library has been digitising, exhibiting and promoting its First World War collections as part of the centenary of the Great War. Central to the Library’s collection are the personal diaries written by men and women who served. This collection was added to the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World register in 2015.
In this talk, Elise will discuss the First World War collections held by the Library, how these heritage collections have been interrogated and interpreted over the centenary period and will highlight some of the stories from the exhibition, Kiss the Children; the Library’s final exhibition in the centenary period.
Elise Edmonds is a senior curator at the State Library of New South Wales. With a background in Australian history and Museum Studies, Elise has worked with the Library’s maps, pictures and manuscript collections; acquiring, writing and promoting these to a variety of audiences. Completing a staff fellowship to research and scope the Library’s First World War collections, led to curating several exhibitions highlighting the Library’s nationally significant First World War collections; Life Interrupted: personal diaries from World War I in 2014 and Colour in Darkness: images from the First World War in 2016. Elise curated the World War I diary section of the UNESCO Six exhibition.