The British Army has been depicted on the silver screen since the earliest years of cinema.
Join us for a screening of 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp' (1943), a highpoint of British cinema during the Second World War. Both moving and slyly satirical, it recounts the life of the foolish but loveable Colonel Blimp, from his time as a dashing young soldier in the Boer War through to his service in both World Wars. Blimp’s story offers vital and still-relevant reflections on nationhood, identity, generational conflict and much more.
Following the screening, a panel of leading historians will come together to examine the film's immediate impact and ongoing legacy. They will also explore some of the central themes that establish it as a moving evocation of British values and the passage of time.
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
4.50pm – Film screening ends
5.00pm – Panel discussion begins
5.45pm – Event ends
Alex von Tunzelmann is a historian and screenwriter, broadcaster, and the author of books including 'Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History'.
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'.
Matthew Sweet is a film historian, writer and broadcaster. He is the author of 'Inventing the Victorians' and 'The West End Front'. A familiar voice in British broadcasting, he presents 'Free Thinking' and 'Sound of Cinema' on BBC Radio 3 and 'The Philosopher’s Arms' on BBC Radio 4.
Daniel Cowling is a Historian at the National Army Museum with a particular interest in modern British and European history. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge, where he wrote a thesis on the British occupation of Germany. His first book, ‘Don’t Let’s Be Beastly to the Germans’, was published by Head of Zeus in 2023.