War heritage Roadshow welcomed in Warrnambool

A passion for preserving the past brought historical objects from the shed to the school hall on Friday.

More than 120 history enthusiasts presented their historical objects before experts at a touring War Heritage Roadshow in Warrnambool.

Warrnambool's Stuart Bethune gets a lesson on how to clean and care for his grandfather's WW1 bravery medal from Melbourne University Grimwade Centre PhD student Evan Tindal. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Warrnambool's Stuart Bethune gets a lesson on how to clean and care for his grandfather's WW1 bravery medal from Melbourne University Grimwade Centre PhD student Evan Tindal. Picture: Rob Gunstone

The inaugural two-day Antiques Roadshow-inspired event was held at Emmanuel College’s Old Hall.

The Victorian Government initiative, aimed at uncovering lost treasures from Australia’s war years, hopes to save historical objects from being dust collectors.

University of Melbourne Grimwade Centre conservator Noni Zachri said the event was for anyone hoping to rediscover their past.

“This is an event for everyone,” she said. “It’s for people interested in history, whether they’re coming to just have a look at artefacts or seeking advice on how to care for their collections.”

Ms Zachri said the roadshow offered a rare opportunity to have one-on-one consultations with expert conservators.

“The panel are all very knowledgeable in their area of expertise and are at your service for the day.”