To the Stars: illuminating the art collection in 50 works
Until 7 January 2024 RAF Museum London, Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/to-the-stars-illuminating-the-art-collection-in-50-works/ +44 (0) 20 7091 3067 FREE ADMISSION
Opened at the end of last year to mark half a century since Queen Elizabeth II inaugurated the RAF Museum in London on 15 November 1972, this gallery – taking its name from a translation of the RAF motto Per Ardua ad Astra (‘through adversity to the stars’) – comprises 50 key works of art from the museum’s extensive collection. The compositions of Enrico Castello and Cyril Power sit alongside the brightly coloured and hard-edged designs of Sybil Andrews, as well as paintings and watercolours by Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious, and many others.
Imaging Conflict: photographs from revolutionary era Ireland 1913-1923
Until mid-2024 National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7, D07 XKV4 www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History/Exhibitions/Imaging-Conflict-Photographic-Exhibition +353 1 677 7444 FREE ADMISSION
The period between 1913 and 1923 was, thanks to advances in technology, the first era of Irish revolutionary activity in which photography was widely and cheaply available. As such, the Irish public played a key role in documenting the tumult that led to the country’s bloody and botched independence from the British Empire. This exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland’s branch at Collins Barracks displays 150 images from that era, in varying formats including eye-witness snapshots, memorial cards, press pictures, and post-mortem photography. Many have never before been displayed to the public.
The South African and First World Wars
Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0M8
Despite intense controversy over whether to support Britain’s war in South Africa at the end of the Victorian era, Canada went ahead and sent an overseas force to accompany their imperial counterparts. This exhibition explores how this decision changed Canada’s military relations, making the country more willing to commit troops to subsequent conflicts such as the First World War.
Richmonders at War
Ongoing The American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar, 480 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA 23219, USA https://acwm.org/blog/new-exhibit-richmonders-at-war/ +1 804 649 1861 $18
Before the Civil War, Richmond was a medium-sized cosmopolitan city in the east of Virginia. But it was transformed in May 1861 when the breakaway Confederate States named it as their new capital. Richmond’s ironworks, grain mills, and textile factories were transformed into major military suppliers, while the city was flooded with military forces, supporting workers, and civilian refugees from the surrounding region. This panel exhibition explores the turbulence the city’s people endured during the four-year conflict, as its citizens and new arrivals alike struggled against food shortages, the arrival of countless dead and wounded soldiers, and the continuance of the slave trade up to the last days before abolition.
Created in Conflict
Until 31 March 2023 The Green Howards Museum, Trinity Church Square, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4QN https://greenhowards.org.uk/event/created-in-conflict-2/ £5
This new exhibition for the Green Howards’ 2023 season draws on the museum’s extensive collection of creative work, including sketches, watercolours, cartoons, and diagrams, together with poetry and prose, to showcase the artistic talent of British soldiers from the last century.
Royal Armouries Museum
Daily shows Until 20 October 2023 Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT https://royalarmouries.org/event/daily-shows/ Admission free