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Denmans exhibition

Weston Room Maughan Library
Culture, Exhibition, Other
03/07/2017 (09:30) - 25/09/2017 (17:00)
Foyle Special Collections Library
Governor General's group, 1911


Peace, Love and World War: the Denmans, Empire and Australia, 1910-1917

The Weston Room, The Maughan Library, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR

3 July - 25 September 2017

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09.30 - 17.00; Saturday 10.00 - 18.00

We are delighted to host this special touring exhibition in partnership with Canberra Museum and Gallery, where it was first shown in 2016.

Through manuscripts, books, film, photographs and objects the exhibition explores the political, cultural and imperial interests of Australia’s fifth governor-general and his wife, against the backdrop of a world on the brink of war.

Thomas, Lord Denman, and his wife, the irrepressible Gertrude Denman ('Trudie'), resided in Australia from July 1911 to May 1914. This exhibition tells the story of this imposing power couple and their circle, intertwining it with the broader narrative of early 20th century Australia and its changing relationship with the UK.

It includes material from many of Australia’s leading public institutions, including the National Library of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, as well as items from private collections and from the Foyle Special Collections Library and the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives here at King's. Most of the exhibits have never been displayed in the UK before.

To learn more about the 2016 showing of the exhibition at Canberra Museum and Gallery, please visit  Peace, Love and World War: The Denmans, Empire and Australia 1910-1917

A catalogue to accompany the exhibitions is available to download below; and printed copies of this catalogue will be available in the Weston Room when the exhibition begins.

The Denmans catalogue 

Admission and access

Access to the exhibition is free. On arrival at the Maughan Library, please follow the signs to the Weston Room. Please note that visitors who are not registered members of the Maughan Library are required to complete an exhibition ticket on arrival at the Library.

Further information is available here.


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