The Gallery in wartime
Bombs, buns and Beethoven… find out how the Gallery survived 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
Read stories of how life carried on at the Gallery during the Second World War.
Bringing classical music to the Gallery, learn about Dame Myra Hess's enormously popular piano concerts.
See the list of works with incomplete provenance from 1933–1945
Learn about our first ever Picture of the month, a tradition which started during the Second World War.
Discover the story of Pauline Matthews OBE, whose father helped to secure the safety of the Gallery’s paintings at Manod quarry.