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We Will Remember Them: London’s Great War Memorials

16 July - 30 November 2014

2014 sees the start of the Great War commemorations. Among our contribution to the centenary is this exhibition focused on the London First World War memorials cared for by English Heritage.

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The Passing of the Unknown Warrior by Frank O Salisbury depicting the funeral procession of the unknown soldier en route to Westminster Abbey as it passed the newly completed Cenotaph by Edwin Lutyens, 11 November 1920. (Government Art Collection)
© Estate of Frank O Salisbury. All rights reserved DACS 2014

In the aftermath of the First World War thousands of memorials were erected across Britain in the greatest wave of remembrance this nation has ever seen. This exhibition tells the story of the six memorials in London which are cared for by English Heritage. They include some of the most widely admired monuments ever created.

The display includes rarely seen working drawings, maquettes and photographs of the artists' designs for each of the memorials. It continues by showing how these memorials and many others are cared for and protected today.