Current Displays

A programme of free displays throughout the four-year centenary will provide opportunities to explore a range of themes, sitters and artists associated with the First World War. Future displays include images of conscientious objectors (June 2016 – February 2017) and VC Recipients (February – October 2017) and a selection of classical composers and musicians that responded to the conflict (2018).


Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders), mid-late 1910s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Isaac Rosenberg
by London Art Studios
circa 1915
NPG P230

First World War Poets

28 February - 1 October 2017
Room 31

To mark the centenary of the First World War, this display presents a selection of men and women who wrote poetry both from the trenches and on the home front during the conflict. The term 'war poet' is most commonly associated with the soldier-poets who fought on the Western Front and many of whom died in combat. Their work is both poetry and testimony, providing a voice for those who fought in the trenches. This display includes portraits of soldier-poets alongside portraits of non combatants whose experience of the war was often very different. From poems written in the trenches to elegies for the dead, the work of these poets commemorates the Great War.

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