Distant Lines exhibition continues to delight with installations and events

Following opening celebrations, State Library's Distant Lines exhibition is offering plenty of activities, talks, installations and community events in the lead up to school holidays.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the response to Distant Lines has been very positive with great reviews received and nearly 18,000 people walking through the doors so far.

"In addition to the exhibitions in SLQ Gallery and Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery there is an exciting public program on offer for families to explore and reflect on the centenary of the First World War. Bring the whole family to SLQ on Saturday 11 July for Comforts from the home front, a community day on the best veranda in town — the Queensland Terrace — to experience food, crafts, games and stories from the First World War period," Ms Wright said.

Distant Lines aims to educate people of all ages about Queensland's experience of the First World War with many of State Library's precious First World War collections on display that have never been seen by the public before.

Community engagement is an important part of the exhibition and events program with several opportunities available for visitors to reflect on the profound long-term impact the war had on families, lifestyle, ideas and technology.

From home with love — a tactile installation by The Stitchery Collective on display in SLQ Gallery — features three small 'sets' to visit and engage with. Each set corresponds to a character or group of people affected by the war: a young soldier in the trenches, a nurse in a field hospital, and a Queensland family at home. Visitors are invited to touch and wear garments whilst listening to an audio tour which explores the feelings and memories that cloth can evoke and tell stories related to that piece.

Knit your bit Saturdays on the first and third Saturday of each month offers a wonderful chance for visitors to get hands on — they can collaboratively crochet, construct and decorate an ever-growing comforter with fellow crafters.

One hundred years on from the beginning of the First World war there are still stories to be told, memories to be shared, and hidden treasures to discover. Make a visit to Distant Lines to experience the unique Queensland experience of the war — before, during and after.

For full program details visit the Q ANZAC 100 website or follow the conversation online with @slqld #distantlines #qanzac100 and #ww1

Distant Lines, as part of State Library's Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

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