Paul Atterbury talks to Steven Parissien
Compton Verney Lecture – Art of War: Treasures Fashioned from Conflict
Thursday 25 September 2014
Blenheim Palace: The Marlborough RoomVenue
Television antiques expert Paul Atterbury and cultural historian Dr Steven Parissien discuss the astonishing artistic legacy of the First World War – from the large monuments to the small treasures of ‘trench folk art’ fashioned by serving soldiers. Atterbury, a regular on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, has written a new book, Antiques Roadshow: World War One in 100 Family Treasures, that features the stories and war memorabilia brought to the BBC’s experts during a series of special shows at the Somme to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. Atterbury and Parissien will talk about the physical and psychological legacy of the war, the astonishing monuments and evocative art it inspired, and about the pieces of everyday equipment or ephemera that soldiers and sailors refashioned, adapted or engraved to try to humanise the hours and days between front-line action.
Atterbury is an expert in art, architecture, design and decorative arts of the 19th and 20th centuries. He regularly curates for the Victoria and Albert Museum and has written or edited more than 30 books, mostly on ceramics but also on railways and canals.
Parissien has written extensively on architectural and cultural history. He is the director of Compton Verney museum and gallery in Warwickshire.
Presented by Compton Verney.