The British Army has been depicted on the silver screen since the earliest years of cinema.
Join us for a screening of '1917' (2019), one of the most critically acclaimed and highest grossing military films of recent times. The story follows two soldiers who are assigned the task of delivering a critical message on the Western Front, and the life-threatening dangers they encounter at every step of their journey.
Following the screening, a panel of leading historians will come together to examine the film's impact. They will also explore some of its central themes and what they reveal about soldiers' experiences of the First World War.
This event is part of our Soldiers on Screen film series.
1.45pm – Doors open
2.00pm – Event begins with introduction from Museum member of staff
2.10pm – Film screening begins
4.10pm – Film screening ends
4.30pm – Panel discussion begins
5.15pm – Event ends
Alex von Tunzelmann is a historian and screenwriter, broadcaster, and the author of books including 'Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History'.
Santanu Das is a professor of literature at All Souls College, University of Oxford. He works on early 20th-century literature and culture, and is especially interested in the relationship between experience, writing and emotion in times of conflict. In 2018, he published ‘India, Empire and First World War Culture: Writings, Images and Songs’.
Hannah Greig is a historian at Royal Holloway, London and an expert in 18th-century British history. She is also a consultant to film and TV, whose credits include feature films 'The Duchess' (2008) and 'The Favourite' (2019), as well as TV shows 'Poldark', 'Sanditon' and 'Bridgerton'.
Dr Glyn Prysor is the Research Director at the National Army Museum. A historian specialising in modern British history, he previously served as Chief Historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and now leads the Museum’s academic and public history activities.