Brand new exhibition ‘Lest We Forget?’ has opened by the Imperial War Museum North, illustrating how we as a country have commemorated those lost in the First World War. The exhibition will explore our relationship with The Great War through five themes: personal memorials, community tributes, state rituals and memorials and popular movements. Watch below to hear the story of the ‘Unknown Warrior’, reflecting on the thousands of unidentifiable soldiers who fought and died in the war.
One particular highlight comes with the display of several iconic paintings commissioned by the British government in 1918. Painted by some of the nation’s most prominent war artists, these were intended for a First World War memorial gallery, the ‘Hall of Remembrance’, which was sadly never built. Ten works from this memorial will be on display, including John Singer Sargent’s ‘Gassed’, returning home from its two-year international tour. There will also be work by acclaimed artists Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer, Wyndham Lewis and more. 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
‘Lest We Forget?’ runs until 24th February 2019, with free entry.