Latest post: Curatorial Concerns: how two British scholar curators reacted to German medallic propaganda produced during the First World War by Philip Dutton

In this age of instant digital communication it is hard to believe that barely 100 years ago the staid 'commemorative medal'[1] could have had any immediate and meaningful bearing on what people thought and felt about their roles as observers or participants in the First World War. Nonetheless, in addition to the production and distribution of propaganda through film, photographs, posters and printed matter, the persuasive power of the commemorative medal was also very seriously taken into account by all the major belligerent nations. Indeed, the medal has always been a vitally important medium through which history has been channelled; and the story of medallic art, from its origins... read more