Crisis 1914!

Client: Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia Completed: 2014

Crisis 1914! was a temporary exhibition mounted by the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in response to the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The exhibition utilised archival images, footage, objects, and documents contemporary to the outbreak of war to convey the politics and emotions surrounding the decision to go to war and the consequences of this decision.To enliven the subject matter Convergence’s interpretative response allowed for the animation of significant but inanimate artefacts such as the large blackwood and leather table around which  the Cook Cabinet sat to make the decision to go to war. Convergence was responsible for exhibition design, multi media design and graphic design for this exhibition.

The ‘hero object’ of our new exhibition is the original cabinet table, used in Melbourne by Federal Cabinet to make crucial decisions about the war, including the initial commitment.

Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House