The 1.7 Million stories of the CWGC

Discover the work of the organisation that cares for the 1.7 million Commonwealth men and women who lost their lives during the two world wars. With the help of colleagues from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, historians and special guests, we’ll explore some of the stories of those who lost their lives, the history of the wars and how the CWGC is still doing its work today.

Episode 8 - The World Wars on the Big Screen

22 July 2020

In the last episode of season one, Jack Sheeran is joined by a panel of guests to discuss a selection of movies and TV shows which depict the First and Second World Wars including: 1917, The Water Diviner, The Railway Man, and Band of Brothers. They explore what connections these have with the work of the CWGC and discuss how accurately they show the realities of war.

Jack is joined by Paul Byrnes, Film Critic for the Sydney Morning Herald & The Age and Author of The Lost Boys, Lucy Betteridge-Dyson, Historian & Blogger (ohwhataladylikewar.com), and Peter Francis, from the Commission’s media team.

Episode 7 - Poetry and Art of the Two World Wars

7 July 2020

In our seventh episode Peter Francis explores the poetry and art of two world wars – discovering the personal stories behind some of the most powerful literary and artistic works of the twentieth century and why, more than 100 years later, the artistic legacy of two World Wars still captures our imagination.

Peter is joined by interpretation expert Dr Lucy Kellett from Royal Parks and the CWGC’s very own Aidan Parr to discuss the poets and poetry of the First and Second World Wars – who created it and why and why, as an art form, it became such a powerful way of conveying the experience of conflict.

Later, Peter meets special guest Emma Mawdsley, Head of Collections Development & Review at the National Army Museum. With experience writing & lecturing on military art and artists, Emma guides Peter through the artistic legacy of the wars and explores some of her favourite sketches and works.



Episode 6 - The Royal Navy and the Far East

24 June 2020

This time Max Dutton sets sail on a journey to discover more about the Royal Navy. Max is joined by Dr Nick Hewitt, Head of Collections and Research at the Museum of the Royal Navy, and Siggy Lee, Conservation Officer for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Listen in as they discuss the vital globe spanning role of the Royal Navy during the World Wars, the challenges of commemorating those lost at sea, and explore the fascinating story of the British Pacific Fleet in 1945.

Special guest Rich Hills, CWGC’s Director of Africa, Asia and Pacific Area, gives us his Desert Island Cemeteries in an interview that showcases the work undertaken to remember those who fought and died in the Far East.



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