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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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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Remembrance poetry workshop
Secondary workshop

29 October 2018 - 30 November 2018

FREE

Remembrance poetry workshop

Join our poet-in-residence to develop your poetic vocabulary and powers of description taking inspiration from our First World War handling collection and archive.

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Remembrance poetry workshop
Primary workshop

29 October 2018 - 30 November 2018

FREE

Remembrance poetry workshop

Join our poet-in-residence to develop your poetic vocabulary and powers of description taking inspiration from our First World War handling collection and archive.

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Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918
Exhibition

30 November 2018 - 3 March 2019

£6.00

Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918

Sir Alfred Munnings was one of Britain's most celebrated equine artists. This exhibition features over 40 original paintings from his time with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

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Munnings mural workshop
Workshop

1 December 2018

FREE

Munnings mural workshop

Get inspired by our exhibition on the artist Alfred Munnings and add to our mural in this family workshop. 

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Curator tour: Alfred Munnings
Tour

6 December 2018, 11.00am

£10.50

Curator tour: Alfred Munnings

Join a curator on an hour-long tour of our exhibition, 'Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918'.

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Alfred Munnings and the 'Canadian War Memorials' exhibition, 1919
Talk

14 December 2018, 11.30am

FREE

Alfred Munnings and the 'Canadian War Memorials' exhibition, 1919

Senior Research Curator Emma Mawdsley looks at the first exhibition of Alfred Munnings' war paintings, held at the Royal Academy in 1919.

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Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop
Workshop

23 December 2018

FREE

Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop

Learn how to create your own drawing of the 1914 Christmas Truce, inspired by First World War cartoons in our collection.

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Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop
Workshop

27 December 2018 - 28 December 2018

FREE

Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop

Learn how to create your own drawing of the 1914 Christmas Truce, inspired by First World War cartoons in our collection.

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Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop
Workshop

30 December 2018

FREE

Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop

Learn how to create your own drawing of the 1914 Christmas Truce, inspired by First World War cartoons in our collection.

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'This whimsical and gallant soul': Sir Alfred Munnings and the First World War
Talk

4 January 2019, 11.30am

FREE

'This whimsical and gallant soul': Sir Alfred Munnings and the First World War

Dr Bill Teatheredge of the Munnings Art Museum talks about the extraordinary experiences of Alfred Munnings, both at home and on campaign with the Canadian Cavalry Brigade.

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Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop
Workshop

6 January 2019

FREE

Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop

Learn how to create your own drawing of the 1914 Christmas Truce, inspired by First World War cartoons in our collection.

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Alfred Munnings: Memory, the War Horse and the Canadians in 1918
Talk

9 January 2019, 6.00pm

£15.00

Alfred Munnings: Memory, the War Horse and the Canadians in 1918

Join art historian Dr Jonathan Black and horse-racing journalist and presenter Brough Scott for an evening of discussion on their new book.

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