The Great War, Britain’s Efforts and Ideals,
15/09/2018 11:00am - 06/01/2019 4:00pm
Chepstow NP16 5EZ
First World War propaganda prints by celebrated artists of the day at Chepstow Museum & Abergavenny Museum,
an exhibition across two sites in Monmouthshire’s Museums in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales 15th September 2018 – 6 January 2019.
This striking set of prints was commissioned by the British Government in 1917 as propaganda. After three years of hard fighting and unprecedented loss of life, the images were intended to encourage a war-weary public and raise support for the war effort.
Designed in two sets of portfolios, “Ideals” and “Efforts” the ideals addressed the reasons why Britain was at war and what it aimed to achieve. The “Efforts” illustrate some of the activities men and women were making for the war effort. Nine artists were commissioned to produce six prints, each taking a different theme, such as Making Soldiers, Building Ships, Women’s Work, etc
As images of propaganda, they purposely avoided showing the horrors of war,. The prints, by some of the most celebrated artists of the day such as Augustus John and Frank Brangwyn, are very different, reflecting the varying trends in British art at the time. This set was donated to the National Museum of Wales in 1919 by the Ministry of Information.
Now, thanks to partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, they are being shown across two Museums in Monmouthshire at Abergavenny and Chepstow, in two complementary exhibitions so that the collection of over 60 prints can be seen together.
The exhibitions run until January 6 2019 so there’s plenty of time to see the whole collection by visiting the two Museums, open daily 11am – 4pm (Abergavenny Museum is closed on Wednesdays).
For any enquiries contact Chepstow Museum tel 01291 625981