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Blitz damage in New King St, Bath
Blitz damage in New King St, Bath

Press Release - 04 November 2005

Free lecture: Blitzed! War Artists in Bath

Local people can learn about the effects of the Blitz in Bath through the work of war artists at a free public lecture to be held at the University of Bath on Wednesday 9 November.

Over 400 people died during the Baedeker raids on Bath in April 1942 and 19,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed. Of these 218 were buildings of architectural or historic interest.

David McLaughlin, a local conservation architect, was Guest Curator of the recent Blitzed! War Artists in Bath exhibition and author of its accompanying catalogue. The exhibition, held earlier in the year to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, featured well-known war artists alongside lesser known local artists such as Clifford Ellis, Leslie Atkinson and the fireman artist William Haines.

The paintings, drawings and photographs illustrate everyday life in the city during the war and the devastation caused by the Bath Blitz.

In his evocative lecture David will review the work of the war artists and use contemporary photographs to illustrate the story of the people in Bath.

Admission is free, just turn up on the evening. Free parking available in the West Car Park. All lectures run from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in the lecture hall 8 West 1.1 on the Claverton campus.

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