Brand new exhibition ‘Lest We Forget?’ opens at the Imperial War Museum North this week, illustrating how we as a country have commemorated those lost in the First World War and how these symbols, such as poppy pins and monumental statues, have persisted throughout the century. Part of a new season of innovative exhibitions, installations and immersive experiences at the museum, the exhibition runs from 27th July 2018 to 24th February 2019, and entry is free.

The exhibition will explore our relationship with The Great War through five themes: personal memorials, community tributes, state rituals and memorials and popular movements. Alongside over 180 items, photographs, film and audio clips on display, the exhibition will showcase 10 paintings commissioned by the British government in 1918 from some of the nation’s most prominent war artists such as Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer, Wyndham Lewis and John Singer Sargent; specifically his masterpiece ‘Gassed‘. ‘Lest We Forget?’ will aim to “explore how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today” as part of the ‘Making a New World’ project at IWM North, situated by Salford Quays.

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Lest We Forget?’ runs until 24th February 2019, with free entry. Words by Sophie Cunningham.

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