News comes in of the Imperial War Museum‘s plans for 2014.

There will be new WW1 galleries, of which the Daily Telegraph tells us:

Personal items, letters and diaries, many of which will be exhibited in interactive, multimedia displays, will be at the centre of the new galleries, telling the individual stories of some of those who lived, fought and died in the war.

Among the items which will be displayed prominently will be John Singer Sargent’s Gassed, painted in 1919, which is currently tucked away in a small side room away from the other First World War exhibits.

There will be a big fund-raising project to pay for the project, spearheaded by Prince William. I hope it works out better for him than the bid for the World Cup…


  1. Posted December 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    I need to plan a trip for 2014!

  2. Posted December 11, 2010 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I rather like the “small side room” that Gassed is already in – though any room that can contain a painting so bloody enormous can hardly be called small. It’s a bit off the beaten track, true; but that also means that you can contemplate Sargent’s work without being surrounded by visions of Italian schoolchildren, texting.

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