Museum brings history to life as Ipswich salutes the past

09 September 2015

Look to the skies as biplanes fly overhead and discover life in an old army war camp as The Workshops Rail Museum grounds are transformed for Ipswich Salutes, on 26 September.

Based on the First & Second World Wars, period re-enactments will give families a glimpse of life for men and women during the time of conflict, thanks to Standard Bearers Military Re-enactment and Modelling Association, and The Emu Valley Field Volunteers.

Visitors will enjoy fly overs at different times during the day by Tigermoth and Waco biplanes and Trojan aircraft.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Professor Suzanne Miller said the one day event will create a realistic environment and set the tone for visitors when they step into the new exhibition Railways 1914 - 1918.

“The impact on the railways in the First World War is a little known story and we’re expecting visitors to have a new appreciation of its contribution through this beautifully presented exhibition which includes stories of Workshops workers who went to war.

“The Ipswich Salutes event is a community day with participation from the Amberley Brass Band and Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale hosting a re-enactment of the Mayor’s farewell to the troops,” Professor Miller said.

The Workshops Rail Museum, part of the Queensland Museum Network, is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage & Cultural Tourism.

For the full day program of Ipswich Salutes, more information about Railways 1914 – 1918 and visiting The Workshops Rail Museum, call (07) 3432 5100 or visit theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.

This project is proudly supported by the Queensland Government. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is supported by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.