Spence – The Art of War

The original artwork of Colonel G.O. Spence, Commander of the 5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry (DLI) during the First World War.

Spence - The Art of War explores the remarkable story of respected local war hero, Colonel Gilbert Ormerod Spence, through a nationally significant collection of his wartime watercolours painted on the Western Front.

This rare collection of around 50 first hand paintings, capture Spence's journey as he led the 5th DLI through some of the bloodiest First World War battles including Passchendaele and the Somme.

This immersive exhibition, brings to life the sights, sounds and even the smells of life on the battleground as well as highlighting the ‘human side of war’.

Supported by a Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant and funding from the Art Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). 

Date, Time & Venue

Tue 12 Jul 2016 - Sun 30 Oct 2016 10:00 - 16:00 (last admission 3.30pm)

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Ticket Information

Adult £2.50
Concession/Child £1.50
Family Ticket (2A+4C) £5

All tickets are valid for one year from date of issue.

Free with museum entry
Age group: Any