Representation and memory
Why paint war? Why send painters to the battlefield when a photographer could capture the face of conflict so much more convincingly? Why do we often first encounter World War One as poetry rather than history? The questions are as timely now as when war broke out in Belgium in 1914.
- Article by:
- Paul Gough
Professor Paul Gough introduces British and Belgian artists of World War One, from Henry de Groux and his eyewitness responses to the Belgian invasion, to the later generation of British artists who transformed their frontline experiences into abstract, modernist artworks.Read more
- Article by:
- John Mullen
Although popular music from 1914–18 often made no mention of war at all, it was nevertheless shaped by wartime preoccupations, anxieties and fantasies. John Mullen explores how people listened to and performed popular songs during World War One, and what this tells us about life in Britain at the time.Read more
How did World War One begin? Why did it escalate and what was the impact of both war and peace on the countries involved?
How were the 65 million men who fought in World War One recruited, armed and organised?
What was life like for the millions of professional, conscripted or recruited soldiers?
Over four million non-white men served in World War One. Explore more about their lives and responsibilities.
In addition to poetry, what were the other creative responses to the War? How have these affected our memory and understanding?
How were soldiers injured in World War One and how did doctors, nurses and scientists treat them?