Facebook Live: London History Day: Courage at the National Gallery

Thursday 31 May, 6.30–6.45pm (BST)

This is an online event

From slate mines to music concerts, join us on Facebook to explore the acts of courage taken by the Gallery during the Second World War and beyond in celebration of London History Day.

Even during the darkest days of the Blitz, the National Gallery stayed open for business, providing an eager audience with concerts, exhibitions, talks, and cakes!

From the evacuation of the world’s finest masterpieces to the extraordinary wartime concerts put on by pianist Myra Hess, Senior Research Curator Susanna Avery-Quash and Suzanne Bosman, author of ‘The National Gallery in Wartime’, will journey through the Gallery after hours to explore how life carried on at the Gallery during the Second World War.

The broadcast will be shared on the National Gallery’s Facebook page. The broadcast can be watched live on Facebook, and a replay version will be available on the channel afterwards.

Image above: Queue of people waiting for a concert by Myra Hess in the Gallery during the Second World War.