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Remembrance Day – “Many there be that have no memorial”

On Remembrance Day we look at the conservation of two memorial busts ‘intended to record the rank and file who have gained no mention or special distinction’. “Many there be that have no memorial, whose righteous deeds shall not be forgotten” This was the intended inscription that was to accompany…

Dead Men’s Medals – Halloween Voyage of the Damned

What is in a medal? We think about these small, round, usually two-sided objects as military orders, awards, or prizes, but most medals have a commemorative function. They aim to honour a person, celebrate or mark an event for posterity.  Some commemorate the dead, and, among them, the medals produced…

Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy 1915 – new online database

Tuesday 30 June 2015 – we’re very pleased to announce the launch today of Crew Lists of the British Merchant Navy – 1915, a collaborative project between the National Maritime Museum and the National Archives highlighting the contribution of the Merchant Navy in the First World War. For the first…

Models of Remembrance

Now we’re in the centenary of the First World War, and with the recent anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, it emphasised how much of a role physical objects play in constructing our interpretation of events now lost to living memory. Not just in an historical factual sense, but in…

The Sinking of the Lusitania: Medallions, Mistakes and Mischief

Today’s guest blog was written by Nic Vanderpeet from the Imperial War Museum. He looks at the propaganda drive in the wake of the Lusitania sinking, particularly the fascinating story surrounding one German-made medal. The representation of events takes many forms. Paintings, overtures and statues are among the forms in which important historical…