Arts and Culture

Large View of 'Frith Hill' Internment Camp, England - 1915 - George Kenner. Surrey Heath Museum

Large View of ‘Frith Hill’ Internment Camp, England – 1915 – George Kenner. Surrey Heath Museum

This project explores how Surrey and its people responded to the Great War.

In terms of the arts and culture, the first two decades of the twentieth century were characterised by a combination of the startlingly new and the reassuringly old. It was a time of extraordinary creativity. Established artistic conventions had been challenged by “Modern Art” since the 1860s although new and experimental styles of music, painting and literature were still of limited interest to the general public, and often met with critical and even hostile receptions.

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Thomas Hendra

Story of Thomas Hendra (1889-1972) Private Soldier from Cornwall who became a photographer in...


Photographing the Fallen

Corporal Ivan Bawtree was a war graves photographer on the Western Front, from 1915-1919, attached...


Tommy Atkins


Sir Noël Coward, (1899-1973)

Noel Coward, famous as an actor and playwright, briefly served in the East Surrey Regiment in the...


In the News on the Eve of War

Part of the Last Summer display; in the months leading up to the start of the First World War Surrey...


EM Forster (1879–1970)

E M Forster, author of A Room With a View, served with the Red Cross in Egypt during the First...