Dan Snow retraces the career of artist Arthur Spooner, whose paintings are scattered across the region and record events and people as he saw them. But how reliable is the work?
Dan Snow sets out to discover whether art can really sustain and inform our memories and knowledge of the past. He retraces the career of Nottingham-born artist Arthur Spooner (1873 - 1962) whose paintings are scattered across the region and faithfully record events and people as he saw them. But just how reliable is his work? In a specialist disability college situated in the middle of Sherwood Forest, Dan discovers a pair of virtually unknown Spooners that appear to tell a very specific story about a celebrated duchess, shed light on the role of the aristocracy during the First World War and hold a clue about the origins of the college. Dan sets out to solve the mystery and test the artist's historical accuracy.