24 April 2015

ARC CEO Professor Aidan Byrne

Image courtesy: Norman Plant Photography

 

Welcome to this special edition of ARChway.

This week marks a significant anniversary in Australia’s history and in the lead-up to the Anzac commemorations, many ARC-funded historians are in the public spotlight.

As our way of marking this Gallipoli commemoration the ARC has this week been producing a story each day that highlights the work of ARC-funded researchers involved in research projects exploring history of World War I, the Anzac story and the impact of war.

These researchers are using their ARC grants to enhance our national engagement with the Anzac legend and war history in general.

Many of these researchers are an important part of the national Anzac commemoration whether it is through the interpretation of historical records, or through examining the role of memorials, or recording the oral history that underpins the national narrative. The Anzac legend is deeply embedded in the national psyche, and to explicate its significance is the ongoing task of our best historians.

The ARC is a funder of research across all disciplines. The contribution our researchers make at instances like this week’s events brings to the fore the importance of research in the Humanities in informing and shaping our national identity.  

I do hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as the ARC has enjoyed speaking with our researchers to produce them.