Main content

Why are we silent when conflict is loud?

Peter Hitchens; Rector Lucy Winkett; Neil Bartlett and Professor Steve Brown join Anne McElvoy at the Imperial War Museum for their 2018 Remembrance Lecture.

Journalist Peter Hitchens; the Rector of St James’s Church Piccadilly Lucy Winkett; performer and director Neil Bartlett and Professor Steve Brown from the Open University join Anne McElvoy at the Imperial War Museum for their 2018 Remembrance Lecture.

In 1919, the first national silence was observed to commemorate the end of the First World War. Organised silences were designed to remember the human impact of conflict, but do twenty-first century collective silences fulfil that purpose? This debate brings together a panel of speakers to discuss the role of organised silences and what it means to be silent about conflict in 2018.

IWM’s annual remembrance lecture appears as part of Making a New World a free season of exhibitions, installations and immersive experiences taking place at IWM London and IWM North in 2018. Through art, photography, film, live music, dance and conversations, the season explores themes of remembrance and how the First World War has shaped today’s society, bringing together five major exhibitions – Lest We Forget? at IWM North and Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs, I Was There: Room of Voices, Mimesis: African Solider and Moments of Silence at IWM London.

Producer: Torquil MacLeod

Main image Credit: Andrew Tunnard/IWM

Available now

44 minutes


Featured in...

The Arts and Ideas Podcast

You can download all the past episodes of Radio 3's Free Thinking

CLICK to LISTEN & SEE all programmes from the Free Thinking Festival 2018: The One and the Many

This year we examine the fast-changing relationship between the individual and the crowd.

CLICK to LISTEN & SEE all programmes, images, clips & features from 2017's festival

Free Thinking Festival 2017: The Speed of Life