Video: Pip Dodd, curator of the ‘War Horse: Fact & Fiction’ exhibition at the National Army Museum in London, describes the rather unusual tradition of turning horses’ hooves into ashtrays and inkwells.
The “War Horse: Fact & Fiction” exhibition at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, London, has been nominated for an award.
The hands-on exhibition explores the hugely popular Michael Morpurgo novel alongside touching real-life stories of war horses and the men who depended on them.
It features exclusive content from Morpurgo, the acclaimed stage production by the National Theatre and the Spielberg-directed film.
It is one of six exhibitions shortlisted in this year’s temporary or touring exhibition category, which includes the Natural History Museum and the Museum of London.
National Army Museum director Janice Murray said she was delighted by the nomination was hugely grateful for the support given by everyone involved, from museum staff to all its partners, including Michael Morpurgo, the National Theatre and Disney.
This year, the National Army Museum has enjoyed its most successful period to date, with its exhibitions and public events programme attracting more visitors than ever. Visitor figures are up 11 per cent.
Museums + Heritage Award nominees for temporary or touring exhibition:
Derby Museums & Art Gallery – Down the Back of the Sofa
Great North Museum: Hancock – Pharaoh: King of Egypt
Museum of London – Dickens and London
Natural History Museum – Sexual Nature
Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust – Children and War
National Army Museum – War Horse: Fact & Fiction
The full shortlist can be viewed on the Museums + Heritage website.
The winning nominations will be announced in a ceremony on Wednesday, May 16, by comedienne and broadcaster Sue Perkins.