The Anzac Battlefields and Beyond: A Study Tour of Gallipoli, London, Paris and the Western Front

The Anzac Battlefields and Beyond: A Study Tour of Gallipoli, London, Paris and the Western Front
Tuesday 14 August 2018

The Anzac Battlefields and Beyond: A Study Tour of Gallipoli, London, Paris and the Western Front.


A Unique International Study Opportunity


Walk the ground on which the Great War was fought. Visit the museums that interrogate the memory of the war that changed the world.  Engage with History in the places History was made.  This fifteen day intensive study tour retraces Australia’s war across Gallipoli and the Western Front. 



We begin in London where Westminster frames an imperial metropolis and Edwin Lutyens’ iconic commemorative landscape. In two days in the UK, students will explore the galleries of the Imperial War Museum, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, Wren's St Clement Danes church (site of some of the first Anzac Day commemorations), Australia House, and King's College London (host both to War Studies and the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies).

Students will then relocate to Çanakkale on the straits of the Dardanelles, the epicenter of both the Trojan wars and the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign. Over four days students will reconstruct the battles of 1915, charting the old front line through the gullies and across the ridges.  We will also examine the ways Turkish, Australian, New Zealand, French, and Imperial authorities claim a place in this vast commemorate landscape.  This part of our study tour includes a day excursion to the ruins of ancient Troy.

The final phase of the program moves to the Western Front.  All Australia’s major campaigns will be examined, as will the experience of war behind the lines, in particular the interaction of troops and nurses with the civilian population.  Again, there will be a focus on commemorative landscapes, the making of memorials (by all combatant nations) and a detailed interrogation of the major museums in both Flanders and the Somme.  Here you will met with the creators of ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum in Ieper and you’ll hear about an ANU internship program that offers further opportunities to work and study in Europe.

‘The Anzac Battlefield and Beyond’ will begin in June with an introductory orientation to the Australian War Memorial. Our journey concludes in Paris at the Tomb of the Unknown. 

Overseas Tour Dates in Europe - 24 June – 8 July 2019 (subject to confirmation)

Students will make their own way to London (and must also book their return fare to Australia), tailoring their travel plans to suit personal preference.  The course fee will cover internal European airfares whilst on tour, all other transit across Gallipoli and the Western Front, most meals, all accommodation and museum entries. [Fee to be confirmed]

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Prerequisites: Students are welcome from all disciplinary backgrounds but to enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, (or seek the permission of the convenor).


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