The best military history events, lectures, and exhibitions (September 2021)

MHM's round-up of the best military history activities to explore this September, which includes an exhibition featuring 50 portraits of Holocaust survivors, and the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War

Image: Don Troiani.

Renowned artist Don Troiani has dedicated much of his career to creating well-researched depictions of the Revolutionary War, including crucial moments such as Bunker Hill and Cowpens. For the first time in a museum, this exhibition brings together over 40 of Troiani’s original war paintings. The exhibit will also unveil Troiani’s latest work, a painting of the young African American sailor James Forten witnessing Black and Native American troops in the ranks of the Continental Army as they march past Independence Hall on their way to Yorktown, Virginia.

Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War
16 October 2021-5 September 2022
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
+1 215 253 6731

Generations: portraits of Holocaust survivors

Image: Tom Hunter/IWM.

This exhibition displays more than 50 contemporary portraits of Holocaust survivors and their families for the first time. It is composed of work from 13 photographers, all of whom are members of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), including Frederic Aranda, Sian Bonnell, and Tom Hunter. Pictured here is one of Hunter’s works, featuring Sigi Ciffer, whose family were murdered in the Holocaust. Along with the RPS, the exhibition is run in partnership with Jewish News, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, and Dangoor Education.

Generations: portraits of Holocaust survivors
Until 9 January 2022
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ
+44 (0) 20 7416 5000

Empires at War: Austria and Russia

Image: National WWI Museum and Memorial.

Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated on a fateful day in June 1914. Austria accused Serbia of being behind the killing, prompting the Russian Empire to defend its Slavic ally. Soon, there was war on the Eastern Front. The conflict, before it spread to the West, is the focus of this new exhibition. It features original objects from the museum’s collection, including authentic Austrian and Russian uniforms, equipment, flags, hats, helmets, and more. Harder to acquire than material culture from the Western European powers, the items have been brought together to shed new light on the war’s Eastern calamity.

Empires at War: Austria and Russia
Until January 2023
National WWI Museum and Memorial, 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO 64108
+1 816 888 8100

Worth checking out


Photography night shoot for beginners 27 November 2021 RAF Museum Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/events/photography-night-shoot-for-beginner/ £65 per person With exclusive after-hours access to the grounds of the RAF Museum, this event is the ideal opportunity for aviation and photography enthusiasts to capture iconic military aircraft against the evening and night-time sky.


Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 13 November 2021 Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/festival-of-remembrance Prices vary The annual Festival of Remembrance hosted by the Royal British Legion at the Royal Albert Hall is a commemorative event dedicated to those who have served and sacrificed for Britain and the Commonwealth. There are two performances during the day: tickets for the evening performance are available from 14 September and for the afternoon performance on 21 September.


Fury Experience 15 October 2021 Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG www.tankmuseum.org/events/fury-experience-october/ £140 per person Designed for fans of the film Fury, this new experience focuses on the Sherman, arguably the best Allied tank of WWII. The all-day event includes history, refreshments, and a chance to get up close with one of Bovington’s most famous vehicles.