Every society is shaped by its social, artistic and religious histories and the cultural treasures that embody them. Because these objects are so intrinsic to our sense of identity they are increasingly targeted in modern armed conflict.
Culture Under Attack is an Australian Red Cross exhibition that highlights the impact of war on cultural heritage. The images in this exhibition reveal the tragic destruction of important buildings, monuments, objects and artefacts – things that tell the stories of who we are and where we have come from. They illustrate the impact of this loss, from the indiscriminate bombing of Europe during WWII, the burning of irreplaceable manuscripts from Timbuktu’s library, to the recent devastation in Palmyra, Syria.
Drawn from the portfolios of photojournalists across the world, Culture Under Attack also portrays the invaluable work of cultural custodians and organisations dedicated to keeping our heritage safe for future generations.
Culture Under Attack was made possible by the generous support of the Australian Government Attorney General’s Department.
Weekdays, 10am to 7pm
Weekends, 11am to 4pm
Friday 24 November 2017 to Saturday 31 March 2018
Except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Australia Day and Good Friday
- Customs House
31 Alfred Street, SydneyLevel 2