Last night the National Army Museum rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the new War Horse: Fact & Fiction exhibition. With only three days to go until the official public launch date we invited our closest friends and supporters, including War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, to have an early peek at what’s in store.
We were lucky enough to have a very special guest, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, drop by for a tour of the new gallery. Guided by the Museum’s director Janice Murray and exhibition curator Pip Dodd, she explored the exhibition and even saw her own paper horse on our War Horse remembrance wall, where visitors can decorate, name and add cut-out horses to commemorate the millions of animals enlisted in the British Army.
The Duchess painted her paper horse and named it ‘Sefton’ in honour of the Household Cavalry horse injured in an IRA nail-bomb attack in London in 1982.
Other guests included our friends from the National Theatre, the Brooke, the Blue Cross and the RSPCA, not to mention children’s authors Judith Kerr, Karen Wall and Jim Helmore, and the legendary Sir Peter O’Sullevan, CBE.
You can see ‘Sefton’ and learn more about the role of horses in wartime at War Horse: Fact & Fiction from Saturday 22 October 2011.