15 june 2014
The events of 1914-18 are defined by incredible losses and unimaginable destruction. The First World War initially embroiled the major European powers and finally became a global conflict. By the time it ended, the imperial, political and military structure in place at the beginning of the twentieth century had been changed completely.
Claiming millions of casualties, the war was fundamentally about people. Cutting across different responsibilities, roles, backgrounds and experiences, it plunged humanity into a common predicament of shared suffering. This exhibition explores the way the War was represented through portraits – some harrowing
The National Portrait Gallery is commemorating the centenary of the First World War with a four-year programme of exhibitions, displays, public events and learning projects. The two major activities in 2014 are The Great War in Portraits, a free exhibition of images of individuals involved in the conflict, and National Memory – Local Stories, a creative project that uses significant objects in local museums to engage young people from around the country with the centenary.