The Arts

The First World War had a huge impact on Arts and Culture.

Today we still enjoy the works of Wilfred Owen, Gustav Holst, Robert Graves, J.R.R Tolkien, Edward Elgar and many more.

We want to thank the WW1 generation of writers, artists, musicians and poets who have helped to shape our world.

The influence of the First World War on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien’s is recognised as one of Britain’s great writers. His ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and ‘The Hobbit’ were adapted into Oscar-winning films as well as inspiring video games, board games, artwork, music, TV and much more. But have you ever thought about what inspired Tolkien’s ideas for his fantastical Middle-earth and imaginative characters?

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Photographing the First World War

Could you imagine not being able to take and share photos? Thanks to our smart phones and access to sharing platforms, we use photos to capture every day moments of life. However, when war broke out in 1914 photography was a much more complicated process.

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Filmmaking in WW1

Today everyone is a filmmaker. Whether it’s capturing family moments on your smart phone, creating vlogs for your YouTube channel, or sharing updates on Instagram, capturing video footage has never been easier. Geoffry Malins did not have things so easy.

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The generation of poets inspired by WW1

The First World War had a profound influence on poets and is credited with inspiring the modernist movement that changed British literature, shaping the work of writers such as Isaac Rosenberg, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

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Contact us

If you would like to write to us, our postal address is:
Thank You Team, Remembrance Department
199 Borough High Street
London SE1 1AA

Or email us at:  remembrance@britishlegion.org.uk