Philip Dutton

Formerly a Curator at the Imperial War Museum (retired March 2014), who has spent most of his career in museum work - including the Towner Art Gallery (Eastbourne), the Royal Engineers Museum (Gillingham) and a secondment to the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. He has a particular interest in the history of the Great War - especially the literary history of the conflict, notably trench memoirs and war-inspired novels. He also has a keen regard for British First World War film (official and unofficial) and German First World War satirical medallions (which he got to know well at the IWM). In recent years he has written campaign and battle narratives for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website, summary accounts of Anzac forces in the Great War to accompany the Royal Mail commemorative stamp issues, and contributed to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Battle of the Somme centenary commemorations.

Curatorial Concerns: how two British scholar curators reacted to German medallic propaganda produced during the First World War

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 … Continue reading

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The Poet’s Brother, or ‘A death in the family’: the experience of mourning and commemoration in the Sassoon family

Introduction Almost fifty years after his death[1] Siegfried Sassoon continues to exert a powerful influence on British viewpoints of the history of the Great War. As a chronic post-war ‘revenant’ he established, especially via his prose reconstructions of his fictionalised … Continue reading

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C R M F Cruttwell (1887–1941) – Oxford historian. Participant and chronicler of the Great War

Charles Robert Mowbray Fraser Crutwell was an Oxford historian and academic. During the war, he served in Belgium and France until he was declared unfit for general service, and recommended for light duties at home. After the war, he returned … Continue reading

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