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Wartime Paintings in London





Thursday 8th April 18.30 start

Presented by Suzanne Bardgett

Suzanne Bardgett Head of Research at the Imperial War Museum will talk about the research for Wartime London in Painting, her book about the Imperial War Museum’s paintings of London commissioned during the Second World War which was published last year. The works were purchased or commissioned by the War Artists Advisory Committee, chaired by Kenneth Clark, and they provide a new visual history of London at that perilous time.

Suzanne will describe how many of the artists encountered the war in a very immediate sense as firemen, fire-watchers or nurses. Their letters to the committee – also held by the museum - document their responses to the extraordinary sights the war produced. Evelyn Dunbar, Frank Dobson, Ruskin Spear, Carel Weight and Charles Ginner are among the artists whose work will be discussed.  

Suzanne Bardgett has had a long and varied career at the Imperial War Museum, where, in her current role as Head of Research and Academic Partnerships, she is responsible for initiating research projects across the IWM’s remit. Between 1996 and 2000 Suzanne led the team which created the major HLF-supported Holocaust Exhibition at IWM London, and she continues to have an interest in that subject, recently taking on the role of series editor of The Holocaust and its contexts published by Palgrave Macmillan. Suzanne currently co-chairs the Independent Research Organisations Consortium, the group of heads of research of cultural organisations with IRO (Independent Research Organisation) status.  She recently researched and wrote the book Wartime London in Paintings - about the IWM’s officially commissioned paintings of London during the Second World War, published in April 2020.


The Imperial War Museum are offering a discount of 20% on Suzanne’s book for those who have booked and a code will be sent with the booking confirmation.

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