The best military history events, lectures, and exhibitions.
TATE MODERN – CONFLICT, TIME, PHOTOGRAPHY
Conflict, Time, Photography traces diverse and poignant journeys through 150 years of conflict around the world since the invention of photography. In this moving exhibition at Tate Modern, the works are ordered according to how long after the event they were created from moments, days and weeks to decades later. Photographs taken seven months after the fire bombing of Dresden are shown alongside those taken seven months after the end of the First Gulf War. The result is the chance to make new connections while viewing the legacy of war as artists and photographers have captured it in retrospect. Tickets on sale now.
Until 15 March 2015
Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
020 7887 8888
WAR MUSIC: NOTES FROM THE FIRST WORLD WAR
In the First World War music was heard on the battlefield, in concert halls, in the camps and in churches. Music reflected and affected all the emotions of war with everything from requiems to rousing choruses. Marking the First World War centenary, this exhibition takes a broad look at the relationship between music and war against the background of radical musical change. Objects on display include a wind-up trench gramophone, a tenor horn camouflaged with black paint to stop it glinting at the enemy, a burnt-out harmonica and soldiers’ song-books. You can also view original film footage of musical episodes amid the conflict, featuring British, German, French and Chinese musicians. ‘War Music’ also explores the Academy’s own story during the War: discover how students and alumni fared once they’d enlisted and left London far behind.
Until 31 October 2015
Royal Academy of Music Museum, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT
020 7873 7443
GATEWAYS TO MILITARY LIVES
This is a free ‘Gateways to the First World War’ study day at the University of Kent.
The talks and workshops will focus on research into the military services in the First World War. Talk with academic and heritage experts about resources and techniques for researching military ancestors and develop ideas for your own centenary projects.
There will be an introduction to the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War project, advice on applying for support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and talks on researching the Great War.
For more information and to book your place visit: www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/studydays.
Gateways to the First World War is a centre for public engagement with the First World War centenary funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Wednesday 25 February 2015, 9.30am-4pm
Darwin Conference Suite, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NY
THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS AND THE WESTERN FRONT IN 1915: MYTHS AND REALITIES
The year 1915 has been called the ‘black hole’ of First World War history. As such, 2015 affords the perfect opportunity to shine some light on one of the least-explored periods of the epochal conflict. This lecture will investigate the myths and realities of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), and its role on the Western Front during 1915.
13 February 2015
RAF Museum London Grahame Park Way London, NW9 5LL
020 8205 2266
Impress your friends and family by designing your very own T-shirt, inspired by traditional Navy tattoos. While you’re getting creative, you will learn more about the history of Navy tattoos, as well as the important role that HMS Belfast played in Operation Overlord – the largest naval, air, and land operation in history.
14-22 February 2015
HMS Belfast The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2JH
020 7940 6300