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Patterns of Intention by Michael Baxendale (Yale, 1987). Provides an insight into the social, cultural and political forces that shape paintings.

Eyewitnessing: The Uses of Images as Historical Evidence by Peter Burke (Reaktion Books, 2001). A thorough and useful introduction outlining the principle pitfalls and possibilities of using images in your research.

The War Artists by Meirion and Susan Harries (Michael Joseph, 1983). The best introduction to the official British war art schemes of the 20th century.


Imperial War Museum: Another site that provides online advice about military sources and research.

National Army Museum: The site contains information to their galleries and collections of the British Army (from the 17th century) and also has records relating to the Indian Army.

The National Maritime Museum: This site holds archives about Royal Navy administration from the 18th century and crew lists from the 19th century. You will also find ships' plans and a photographic index of most 20th-century ships.

Places to visit

Imperial War Museum: Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ. Tel: 020 7416 5320. Exhibits and resources on many conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from World War One to the present day. The Museum's collection comprises moire than 15,000 paintings and an extensive photographic archive. Appointments can be arranged to view the collection of diaries and letters held by the Department of Documents.

Tate Britain: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG. Tel: 020 7887 8000. The national gallery of British art from 1500 to the present day; the collection includes Totes Meer by Paul Nash and other paintings from the World Wars.

The National Army Museum: Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT. Tel: 020 7730 0717. The British Army's own museum. It is the only museum to tell the story of the Army as a whole from Agincourt in the 15th century to contemporary peace-keeping.

National Maritime Museum: Greenwich, London SE10 9NF. Tel: 020 8858 4422. Collections and exhibitions on various aspects of naval history and maritime personalities.

National War Museum of Scotland: Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2NG. Tel: 0131 225 7534. Located in a particularly beautiful site, the museum contains displays of military artefacts and paintings from Scottish history.

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