July 2019

Packing up the Nation

Welcome to The Arts Society Canterbury Evening
Monday, July 15, 2019 -
19:30 to 21:00
The Old Sessions House
Canterbury Christ Church University Longport, Canterbury CT1 1PL

Not quite the Monuments Men (and no George Clooney) but hear how the British saved British artefacts during WW2

This is the gripping and sometimes hilarious story of how a band of heroic curators and eccentric custodians saved Britain’s national heritage during our Darkest Hour. As Hitler’s forces gathered on the other side of the Channel to threaten these islands, men and women from London’s national museums, galleries and archives forged extraordinary plans to evacuate their collections to safety. Utilising country houses from Buckinghamshire to Cumbria, tube tunnels, Welsh mines and Wiltshire quarries, a dedicated team of unlikely heroes packed up their greatest treasures in a race against time during the sweltering summer of 1939, dispatching them throughout the country on a series of secret wartime adventures, retold in this talk.

If you have the time have a look at this from the BBC website.