Australian National Maritime Museum to Host Students from Normandy as part of WWI Centenary Commemorations
On 17 April 2018 in recognition of the Centenary of WWI and the rich, shared heritage of France and Australia, the Australian National Maritime Museum will host students from College St Marie in Rouen, Normandy as part of the school’s Two Countries One World project.
Kevin Sumption PSM, CEO and Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum which has strong links with France, will welcome the students and introduce them to the museum. The students’ excursion will feature a visit to Captain Cook’s Endeavour replica, moored at the museum on iconic Darling Harbour. It will also include expert curator-guided tours of the museum’s compelling Indigenous exhibition, Gapu-Monuk Saltwater which explores the landmark sea rights case of North-East Arnhem Land and Action Stations, the museum’s permanent high-tech attraction which explores the history of the Royal Australian Navy.
“We are delighted to welcome the students to our shores as part of their Two Countries for One World project. which is another example of our nations’ strong links. We are proud to be able to provide an immersive and engaging learning experience to mark the Centenary of WWI in another display of our commitment to our French-Australian relations,’ said Sumption who has recently returned from discussing some potential new projects with French museums.
As part of The Two Countries One World project, the students will undertake an assignment with a strong digital element, which will enable them to gain a better understanding of Australian culture and identity and look at the links between France and Australia up close.
The Two Countries One World program follows a bumper year for the museum in terms of its Franco-Australian collaboration, with the exquisite The Art of Science, Nicolas Baudin’s Expedition 1800-1804 exhibition, which featured over 200 original natural history drawings and paintings from the Natural History Museum of Le Havre from Baudin’s first voyage to Australia. The Maritime Museum also hosted the famous Tara Pacific for free public talks about life on board the vessel from its Captain and crew which included artists and marine biologists.
Hosted by Australian and French families during their visit, the students will also visit Canberra and Victoria and take part in the Anzac Day commemorations.