THE ART OF WAR: Behind the Scenes at The Imperial War Museum



  • Wednesday 24 August
  • 6:30-8pm


  • The Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ


  • Nearest Tube
  • Lambeth North (Bakerloo)


Kathleen Palmer

No, not a lecture on business strategy by the Chinese military commander Sun Tzu, he’s been dead since 481 BC. Instead Kathleen Palmer, head of the Imperial War Museum’s art collection, is taking us behind the scenes to talk about some masterpieces produced by Britain’s official war artists over the centuries. The IWM’s not all tanks and Spitfires you know, there’s a world class art collection too, if you know where to look that is.

Imagine the scene. It’s 1917. You’re 28 and fresh out of art school. A young artist with the world at your feet, hungry to forge a career doing what you love most, creating beautiful things. But what happens instead? You get sent to the trenches. That’s exactly what happened to Paul Nash and Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson, who became two of the most celebrated war artists of the last century. And art school graduates today think they have it tough. Honestly. As a lone Love Art London bugler sounds the Last Post, Kathleen Palmer will be talking about her favourite parts of the collection and showing us some rarely seen backstage treats. Oh, and did we mention we’ll have the entire museum to ourselves? Rarer than steak tatare that.

This is for Members Only (25 places)