Visitor Centre


Exhibit Hours


February 17 to May 22, 2017

Monday to Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Weekends and Holidays Noon to 5 p.m.
Closed: Good Friday

Alberta & the Great War

February 17 to May 22, 2017

Free, nonticketed event

1914: war is declared in Europe. Not yet 10 years old, the young province of Alberta sends its sons and daughters overseas while those who remain at home struggle with a challenging new reality.

The new exhibition at the Borealis Gallery, Alberta & the Great War, is an immersive, interactive exhibition that explores the impact of the conflict both abroad and at home. Connect with people and stories, objects and experiences as you learn more about Alberta and the “war to end all wars”.

Alberta & the Great War blends storytelling with hands-on experience and brings visitors inside the story of the First World War.

The Borealis Gallery has been transformed to feature a re-creation of a trench, parlour and a public space from the Great War era. Artifacts and archival photos complement the hands-on experiences.

As visitors journey through the exhibit, they can take with them a re-created ID tag (“dog tag”) of an Albertan who served and learn about that person’s experiences in wartime.

The exhibition was originally curated by the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2014 to commemorate the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War.


Media inquiries: Danielle Antoniuk, Communications
Legislative Assembly of Alberta | 780.886.5637 |


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Public Programming

The Alberta & the Great War experience goes beyond the exhibition with an extensive public programming schedule, including monthly screenings of Great War films, a speaker series by experts on the Great War and military history and a family-friendly remembrance afternoon on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Film Screening

Cost: Free

Pehonan Theatre - Edmonton Federal Building, Main floor, 9820-107 Street

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

A group of young German students enlist during the early stages of war and travel to the front lines. The film, based on the 1929 German novel by Erich Maria Remarque, won Academy Awards for Outstanding Production and Best Director.

Rating: 14A (Violence, Coarse Language, Mature Themes, and Sexually Suggestive Content)

Film Screening

Cost: Free

Pehonan Theatre - Edmonton Federal Building, Main floor, 9820-107 Street

And We Knew How to Dance: Women in World War I (1994)

An NFB documentary featuring the wartime stories of twelve Canadian women who served in various capacities during the Great War. The film includes a mix of service stories from Canada and overseas, looking at familiar stories through seldom-heard-from perspectives.

Rating: unrated, PG suggested

Speaker Series

Cost: Free

Pehonan Theatre - Edmonton Federal Building, Main floor, 9820-107 Street

“Victory at Vimy”

With Ted Barris

It was the first time Canadians had fought as a distinct national army, and in many ways it was a coming of age for the nation. Ted Barris shares a compelling and human picture of what it was like to have stormed and taken Vimy Ridge.

Ted Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster. As well as hosting stints on CBC Radio and regular contributions to the Globe and Mail and National Post, Barris has authored 18 non-fiction books and is a full-time professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto.

Film Screening

Cost: Free

Pehonan Theatre - Edmonton Federal Building, Main floor, 9820-107 Street

Gallipoli (1981)

The film follows two Australian men enlisting in 1915, and explores the lesser-known Eastern Front of the Great War.

Rating: 14A (Nudity, Violence, Coarse Language, Mature Themes, and Sexually Suggestive Content)

Speaker Series

Cost: Free

Pehonan Theatre - Edmonton Federal Building, Main floor, 9820-107 Street

“Albertans at War: From the Trenches to the Homefront”

A panel discussion with James Dempsey, Jeff Keshen, and Ken Tingley, moderated by Adriana Davies

The history of war is generally written by military historians who focus on national and international narratives. Join us for a panel discussion about some lesser-known aspects of Alberta's involvement in the war, reflecting on Edmonton’s experiences and the contributions of indigenous Albertans.

Film Screening

Cost: Free

Pehonan Theatre - Edmonton Federal Building, Main floor, 9820-107 Street

Testament of Youth (2015)

Based on Vera Brittain’s 1933 memoir about her wartime experiences, this recent adaptation is a powerful coming-of-age story about love, war, loss and remembrance.

Rating: PG-13 (Nudity, Violence, and Mature Themes)

Speaker Series

Cost: Free

Pehonan Theatre - Edmonton Federal Building, Main floor, 9820-107 Street

“100 Years On: Memory and Material Culture of the First World War”

With Anthony Worman

One hundred years later, the only tangible, physical “memory” of the First World War as a lived experience is the Materialschlacht – the material (artifacts) of war.

Anthony Worman is the Curator of Military and Political History at the Royal Alberta Museum

Event

Family-friendly Remembrance: April 9

Visitor Centre plaza and pavilion from 1 to 4 p.m.

Join us on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Learn about victory gardens, life on the home front and what it meant to go “over the top.” Also there will be a special Lego®sculpture unveiling; all ages welcome.