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The Gallery in wartime

Bombs, buns and Beethoven… find out how the Gallery survived the Second World War




The Gallery during the Second World War

From the evacuation of our paintings, to sell-out piano concerts and our first-ever 'Picture of the month', find out about the Gallery's wartime history 

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Wartime stories

Read stories of how life carried on at the Gallery during the Second World War. 


Myra Hess

Bringing classical music to the Gallery, learn about Dame Myra Hess's enormously popular piano concerts. 




Whereabouts of paintings 1933-45

Our first Picture of the month

Learn about our first ever Picture of the month, a tradition which started during the Second World War. 

Memories of Manod

Discover the story of Pauline Matthews OBE, whose father helped to secure the safety of the Gallery’s paintings at Manod quarry.