Lest We Forget?

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On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent. A new world was born in the aftermath of global conflict. From a cancelled national monument, to symbols sewn in to football shirts, explore the causes and controversies of remembrance from challenging new perspectives.

The First World War caused casualties on a shocking and unprecedented scale, with the human cost of the war becoming one of its legacies. ‘Lest We Forget?’ provides an understanding of how that cost in lives has directly influenced how we see the ‘Great War’.

From a photograph showing the selection of a body for ‘The Unknown Warrior’ to the original Joey puppet from the National Theatre production of ‘War Horse’, the exhibits in ‘Lest We Forget?’ consider commemoration of the war as a fluid concept, one which spans personal mantelpiece memorials, grassroots community tributes, and state rituals, as well as popular movements and cultural outpourings.

On display are several iconic paintings commissioned by the British government in 1918 from some of the nation’s most prominent war artists intended for a First World War memorial gallery – the Hall of Remembrance – which was never built.

Venue: Imperial War Museum North