Lunchtime Lecture: Blackouts, dugouts and soap thieves: the Gallery during the Great War
7 January 2016, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Bryony Millan, Archivist at the Gallery, explores the institution during wartime, from the evacuation of portraits and occupation of the premises by the War Office, to staff experiences of air raids, personal loss and a campaign to catch a thief in their midst led by the aptly-named Sergeant Sherlock.
Telegram reporting safe arrival of portraits in Wales where they were sent for safe keeping during the First World War. © National Portrait Gallery, London
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