Eight million horses, mules and donkeys died in the First World War and this exhibition will honour these brave creatures who suffered the same appalling conditions as their soldier companions. 

The exhibition will explore how the horse was depicted in war, both heroically and as beast-of-burden, by some of the leading British artists of the day, including William Roberts, Sir Alfred Munnings and Lucy Kemp-Welch. The horse will be portrayed through historical fine art and contemporary elements such as ‘Joey’, the life-size horse puppet from the National Theatre’s acclaimed stage production of War Horse, on temporary loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum, and drawings by Illustrator and Theatre Designer Rae Smith. 

A social history display will look at the care and training of the horse and local effects of the requisition of horses during the war. 

Main Gallery, 25 November 2014 – 1 March 2015

Associated Events:

Thursday 26 February, Talk - 1814 - 1914: The Glorious Peace, the Great War

A range of children and family events will take place - find out more

To find out more about the art of Sir Alfred Munnings, whose art works feature in the exhibition, read our blog by guest writers Dr Bill Teatheredge, Curatorial Researcher at the Munnings Collection and Jenny Hand, Director at The Munnings Art Museum.

There are a limited number of Rae Smith's 'Long Red Poppies' prints available to buy in the Gift Shop.

* As from the 25 November 2014, The Lightbox will be introducing a £5 Annual Pass for adults for Main Gallery and Upper Gallery exhibitions. The gallery and museum will
remain free entry, including all Art Fund Prize gallery exhibitions and Woking’s Story. Once purchased, the pass will provide free entry into all Main Gallery and Upper Gallery exhibitions for one year. Under 18s will continue to have free entry to all exhibitions.

Image credit: Banner image -  Long Red Poppies © Rae Smith. Table of images from left to right -  The Grey Mare © the estate of Sir Alfred Munnings, The cast of War Horse at the New London Theatre, photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg