September 2014 at the Canadian War Museum

August 21, 2014

Lecture: Up the Line and Back Again
A special evening with Martin Middlebrook
September 4
7 p.m.
Barney Danson Theatre

Join Martin Middlebrook, British military historian and author of The First Day on the Somme, for a rare Canadian appearance. This lecture follows the path of a First World War new recruit and tells the story of how infantry soldiers were trained and mobilized to the Western Front, the various stages of treatment and evacuation after being wounded, and the process of being discharged when no longer fit for military service.

Mr. Middlebrook is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and author of numerous books relating to the First and Second World Wars, as well as the 1982 Falklands Conflict.

Culture Days
September 26–28
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate Culture Days at the Canadian War Museum with free activities. Culture Days is an annual national event celebrating arts and culture from coast to coast to coast.

These activities are presented in conjunction with
Transformations – A.Y. Jackson and Otto Dix and Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War
Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae Gallery

Gallery Exploration
Sundays — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesdays — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursdays — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Join one of our Volunteer Interpreters to learn more about key works of art in Transformations – A. Y. Jackson and Otto Dix and/or Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War.

Weekends and holidays — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What was it like to be a soldier-artist during the First World War? Put on a uniform and pick up an artist’s box like the ones used during the war. Inside, you’ll find an iPad.

Beyond the Edge
Daily — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Throughout Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War, you can see how people depicted their wartime experiences in art. But have you ever wondered what’s beyond the edge of the picture?

Art and Story
Daily — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Art can be used to tell a story — as in a comic book or graphic novel. What story would you tell about the First World War in the form of a comic book?

Animals and War
Daily — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There are animals hidden in the art. Can you find them all? Pick up a copy of this fun, family-friendly scavenger hunt in the Studio.

Tools of War
Daily — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Canadians used a wide variety of tools and equipment during the First World War — from tanks to planes, shells to artillery. See if you can find them all!

Postcard Home
Weekdays — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Soldier-artists like those featured in Transformations and Witness wrote notes and drew pictures to send to their loved ones back home. Put yourself in their shoes and create your own postcard inspired by the art and stories you see in the two exhibitions.

Available for pick-up whenever the gallery is open.

What is Expressionism? Symbolism? Impressionism? And how do they relate to the art on display in Transformations – A. Y. Jackson and Otto Dix? Explore the exhibition to find all six in this postcard series — free for you to take home.