Canadians in Devon 1914 - 1918: War Photographs

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX

01392 265858
ramm@exeter.gov.uk
https://exeterramm.admit-one.eu/?p=eventtimes&ev=4002

Saturday 15 September 2018 – Sunday 06 January 2019
Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm, Tue to Sun

In 1914 Canada was not yet a sovereign nation, rather a dominion of the vast British Empire. Max Aitken (later Lord Beaverbrook), realised that publicising the bravery and skill of the troops would further Canada’s case for full nationhood, and embedded photographers and artists in the thick of the fighting in France. The resulting photographs, a mix of patriotic propaganda and shocking realism, were seen by thousands of Britons up and down the country, including in Exeter.

In October 1914, many of the Canadian troops disembarking at Plymouth, en route to fight for the ‘Mother Country’, were in fact British emigrants who had only recently left to build new lives in another corner of the Empire.

We are delighted to have worked with the National Gallery Canada, Libraries and Archives Canada and the Imperial War Museum to bring you this exhibition.

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