The Tanjore Durbar, Madras, February 1840

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Indian armies, Indian art

Artworks created by Indian artists for the British soldiers serving on the subcontinent provide a fascinating insight into early Anglo-Indian relations.

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Women's work?

Women's work?

Discover how women’s contributions to the British Army have helped bring about change over the past 100 years. And see how Army recruiters have adapted their messaging accordingly.

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Abram Games in his studio, c1941

Abram Games and the power of the poster

Abram Games was 'Official War Poster Artist' during the Second World War. Always direct, and occasionally controversial, his posters have left a legacy that continues to influence the art of persuasion used by visual designers today.

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Abram Games poster, 'Your Britain. Fight for It Now', 1942

Abram Games, ABCA and the fight for post-war change

During the Second World War, Abram Games produced a series of posters for the Army Bureau of Current Affairs. These aimed to remind soldiers what they were fighting for, while also offering a glimpse of the post-war society they could aspire to.

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Lord Strathcona’s Horse on the march, 1918

Beauty in desolation: Munnings and the First World War

In 1918, the artist Alfred Munnings was tasked with recording the wartime contribution of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and Forestry Corps. His paintings highlight the military role of horses, capturing their beauty in the war-affected landscapes of France.

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An unidentified officer of Fencible Cavalry, c1800

Paintings in little

Recent research on the museum's collection of portrait miniatures has revealed new information about artists and untold stories about some of the subjects they portrayed.

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'An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara', 1762

The earliest European view of Niagara

Thomas Davies' watercolour, ‘An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara’ (1762), documents the struggle for control of North America and illuminates the history of British exploration and science.

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Matthew Cook's paint set

Painting in the line of fire

Painting on campaign presents war artists with a number of issues; not least that they are non-combatants in some of the most dangerous environments in the world.

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‘A Welcome Arrival’, 1857

Drawn on the spot: War artists and the illustrated press

In Victorian Britain, it was the news of war rather than the antics of minor entertainment celebrities that boosted sales of newspapers.

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The Tanjore Durbar, Madras, February 1840

Indian armies, Indian art

Artworks created by Indian artists for the British soldiers serving on the subcontinent provide a fascinating insight into early Anglo-Indian relations.

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The Wipers Times: The soldiers' paper

The Wipers Times: The soldiers' paper

'The Wipers Times' was full of dark humour and one of the finest trench publications from the First World War.

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Battle of Isandlwana, 1879

Restoring Isandlwana

'The Battle of Isandlwana' is one of our most popular artworks. But before going on display again, the iconic painting needed some TLC: tender loving conservation!

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The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games
Exhibition

6 April 2019 - 24 November 2019

£6.00

The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games

This major exhibition explores the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during the Second World War.

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The wartime work of Abram Games
Talk

19 July 2019, 11.30am

FREE

The wartime work of Abram Games

Join Naomi Games as she explores her father's wartime work which features in our special exhibition, 'The art of persuasion'.

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Portrait painting: Betty Webb MBE
Workshop

23 July 2019, 6.00pm

£10.00

Portrait painting: Betty Webb MBE

Join Ann Witheridge, the founder of London Fine Art Studios, for this live portrait painting of inspirational Army veteran Betty Webb MBE.

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Protect yourself against mosquitoes
Summer Mission

29 July 2019 - 3 August 2019

FREE

Spray the bugs away

Keeping clean can save lives! Protect yourself against mosquitoes and make your own plant-based insect repellent. Suitable for ages 5 and over.

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Portrait painting: Pauline Milnes
Workshop

3 August 2019

FREE

Portrait painting: Pauline Milnes

Join Michael Gallone of London Fine Art Studios for a live portrait painting of inspirational Army veteran Pauline Mills.

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Target practice: Parachutes
Summer Mission

5 August 2019 - 6 August 2019

FREE

Target practice: Parachutes

Make a parachute, take aim and drop it. Can you hit the target? Suitable for ages 5 and over.

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The power of a poster: Abram Games and ABCA
Workshop

7 August 2019, 6.00pm

£12.00

The power of a poster: Abram Games and ABCA

Join Dr Paul Rennie and Emma Mawdsley as they explore the work Abram Games created for the Army Bureau of Current Affairs.

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Target practice: Robots
Summer Mission

7 August 2019 - 9 August 2019

FREE

Target practice: Robots

Get ready to take aim and fire. Programme our dash robots to hit the target. Suitable for ages 5 and over.

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Target practice: Nerf guns
Summer Mission

10 August 2019

£5.00

Target practice: Nerf guns

Prime your blaster and practise your aim. Can you hit the target using a nerf gun? Suitable for ages 8 and over.

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Tiny troopers: Posters
Workshop

12 August 2019

£5.00

Tiny troopers: Posters

Bring your little ones to our monthly toddlers session, perfect for under-5s.

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Please knit now
Summer Mission

12 August 2019 - 17 August 2019

FREE

Please knit now

Get your fingers at the ready and learn how to knit without needles! Suitable for ages 5 and over.

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Curator tour: The art of persuasion
Tour

13 August 2019, 11.00am

£10.50

Curator tour: The art of persuasion

Join a curator on an hour-long guided tour of our special exhibition, 'The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games'.

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