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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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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Food for thought: Digital poster design
Workshop

12 April 2019

£5.00

Food for thought: Digital poster design

Get inspired by the work of Abram Games and use iPads to make a digital poster. Suitable for ages 9+. 

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Abram Games: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means
Screening

12 April 2019, 2.00pm

FREE

Abram Games: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means

Find out more about the life and legacy of Abram Games at this documentary film screening.

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Poster printing
Workshop

13 April 2019 - 18 April 2019

FREE

Poster printing

Channel your inner graphic designer with this family-friendly print-making workshop.

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Food for thought: Digital poster design
Workshop

19 April 2019

£5.00

Food for thought: Digital poster design

Get inspired by the work of Abram Games and use iPads to make a digital poster. Suitable for ages 9+. 

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British Sign Language tour: The art of persuasion
Tour

20 April 2019, 2.00pm

£6.00

British Sign Language tour: The art of persuasion

Join Edward Richards for a BSL guided tour of our special exhibition, 'The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games'.

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Abram Games: 60 years of design
Talk

23 April 2019, 6.30pm

£15.00

Abram Games: 60 years of design

Join Naomi Games as she takes us on a journey through her father’s professional career.

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Please knit now
Workshop

27 April 2019, 2.00pm

£45.00

Please knit now

Join Emily from Chap & Darling knit shop and get creative in this arm(y) knitting workshop.

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Abram Games: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means
Screening

28 April 2019

FREE

Abram Games: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means

Find out more about the life and legacy of Abram Games at this documentary film screening.

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The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games
Tour

30 April 2019, 10.30am

£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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Curator tour: The art of persuasion
Tour

1 May 2019, 6.30pm

£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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Lino printing workshop
Workshop

4 May 2019, 11.00am

£60.00

Lino printing workshop

Learn the technique of lino printing and create your own unique set of prints.

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