Clare Woods on the historical re-making of a Unit of the AIF (Australian Imperial Force) World War I Battalion, which served at Gallipoli and on the Western Front from 1915 to 1918.
Her methodology included the historiographical analysis of a study of the involvement of such a Unit in the war published in 1921, using original documentation, such as photos, diaries, memorabilia, and newspaper accounts, which were obviously not available to the original authors. This entails reclaiming the personal and individual experience of the war as well as that of people at home in Australia
While Woods' project is an exercise in digital archiving and documentation, it is not a standard re-making of a text for hard copy, nor simply the creation of an e-book, but a more specific project designed in such a way that the community can interact with the text. This is a very topical enterprise, as the interest shown by community groups and schools in Australia in the men and women who served in the Great War is currently immense.
Clare Woods researches War and Cultural Studies at the University of South Australia. Over the past four years, her research team have conducted a series of symposia under the collective title 'Narratives of War', and have published two anthologies, 'Writings of War', 2008 and 'Remnants of War', 2009.