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September 2017

Britten War Requiem Prints

September 5 @ 10:00 am - December 17 @ 5:00 pm
Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham, Kent ME4 4UG United Kingdom
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A series of 8 prints and linocuts by Ruth Dent, inspired by Britten’s War Requiem as sung by the Rochester Cathedral Choir. Incorporating a personal element from the artist’s Great-great Uncle, Harry Hayter, the art represents human skill and individuality, as well as capturing the spirit of the music and words used by Britten: "My subject is War, and the pity of War, The Poetry is in the pity … All a poet can do today is warn.” Exhibition entry…

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October 2017

National Service: A Generation in Uniform 1945-1963

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday 4th October 2017 – Professor Richard Vinen Professor Richard Vinen will be talking about his new book, National Service: A Generation in Uniform 1945-1963. The reasons why Britain instituted compulsory military service in the fifteen years after the Second World War and the social effects that performing military service had on generation of men born in the 1930s. Richard Vinen is a Professor in History. Prior to joining the department in 1991, he was a Fellow at Trinity College,…

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Half Term Family Activities

October 24 @ 10:00 am - October 27 @ 5:00 pm

During October half term we will be focusing on the Street Art which covered the largest canvas in the world: the Berlin Wall. Discover why the Wall was so popular with artists from all over the world and what styles and techniques they were using to create Street Art. Even the youngest of visitors will have plenty of inspiration to contribute to the Museum’s expressive mural! Join us on Friday 27th October for our drop in crafts delivered in BSL…

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November 2017

Army Wives: From Crimea to Afghanistan: the Real Lives of the Women Behind the Men in Uniform

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday 1st November 2017 – Midge Gillies Midge Gillies will be talking about her new book, Army Wives: From Crimea to Afghanistan: the Real Lives of the Women Behind the Men in Uniform. In this illustrated talk, Midge will tell the stories of wives who made the arduous journey to the Crimean war and witnessed battle at close quarters. She will explore life in the Raj and the often terrifying experiences of the women who lived through its dying days.…

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December 2017

British Propaganda and the War Effort in WWI

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday 6th December 2017 – Professor Mark Connelly examines ‘What would have happened to the liberty of nations if it had not been for the British Empire?: British propaganda and newspaper coverage of the imperial effort in 1917.' David Lloyd George’s pointed references to the British Empire in one of his well-publicised British war aims speeches in September 1917 reveals much about the sensitivity of the British government to the presentation of the Empire by the later stages of the war.…

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Wartime Christmas

December 9 @ 10:00 am - December 10 @ 5:00 pm

Join us on 9th and 10th December to discover how Christmas was celebrated during the Second World War. Special displays and living history demonstrations will capture the ambience of 1940’s Christmas festivities including • Cooking Christmas Dinner on rations! • Sapper’s Santa’s Grotto • Lindy Hop dancing • 1940s Hairdressing There’s also Air Raid Warden drills, family activities, a vintage market, historical talks and entertainment from the Brompton Military Wives’ Choir*   * to be confirmed  

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