Beaverbrook, Propaganda and Canadian War Art

Dr Kent Fedorowich is Reader in British Imperial History at UWE (Bristol) and an adviser to RAMM for the First World War Canadians in Devon exhibition (15 September to 6 January). His talk focuses on the efforts of the Canadian newspaper publisher and business tycoon, Sir Max Aitken (later Lord Beaverbrook), self-appointed ‘official eye witness’ of Canada’s military achievements in the First World War.

Beaverbrook assembled an impressive array of war artists, photographers and journalists to publicise Canada’s growing prowess to an enthusiastic Canadian audience and a wider imperial readership. Politically influential, Beaverbrook became Britain’s first Minister of Information in early 1918.

The talk examines some of the artists and photographers in the series of exhibitions that toured the United Kingdom, including RAMM in 1918. Dr Fedorowich is an historical consultant and national adviser for the BBC’s ‘World War One at Home’ series.

Doors open 18:00, talk starts 18:30


Exeter RAMM, Gallery 20