'Romanians in the Great War' at the National Army Museum in Chelsea

15/06 - 15/07/2018 @ National Army Museum, London

Our Centenary Programme, commemorating the end of the Great War and the unification of all Romanian provinces in 1918, reaches a new peak with a series of events evoking the heroism, dedication and endurance of Romanians in the decisive battles of the Eastern Front and beyond. The exhibition, talk and performance which make up the series are hosted by the prestigious National Army Museum in Chelsea.

The programme is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute in partnership with the National Army Museum, with the support of the National History Museum of Romania, the Embassy of Romania, the Immersive Theatre London, and the Romanian Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché Office.

PROGRAMME:

15 June 2018, 11.30am - 12.30am. Free. Book here.

TALK: Major General Mihail E Ionescu discusses the British-Romanian alliance during the First World War.

Major General Dr Mihail E Ionescu, one of the most prominent Romanian military historians, explains the political and strategic implications of the close British-Romanian alliance during the First World War as one of the sources of victory on the Eastern Front.

Major General Dr Mihail E. Ionescu is the Director of the Institute for Political Studies of Defence and Military  History of the Romanian Ministry of National Defence, Director of the ‘Elie Wiesel’ National Institute for Studying the Holocaust in Romania and Professor at the Department of International Relations at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies. He is a member of the International Military History Commission, as well as other international academic forums. He was the Vice President of the International Commission for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania. Among his publications and scientific studies are: Romanians in the Great War. 1915; Black Sea. From the Byzantine lake to the challenges of the XX Century, Security and Stability in the Black Sea basin in the post-Cold War Era.

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20 June 2018, 6.00pm - 9.00pm, part of LATE at NAM; Opening remarks at 6.30 pm. Free. Book here.

EXHIBITION: Romanians in the Great War’ Private View

The exhibition follows Romania’s participation in the First World War, from the eager years of neutrality (1914-1916), through the fierce battles of 1916 on the Entente side, the painful retreat to Moldavia, the striking victories of 1917 to the momentous victory of 1918, which offered a strategic foundation to the political unification of all Romanian provinces and the creation of a modern, democratic state. A time of hope, heroism and tragedy, vividly depicted by photos, maps, uniforms, and objects, including original WWI medals and brevets. Texts by Dr Cristina Păiuşan-Nuică. Exhibition design by Radu Manelici.

With introductory remarks by Ambassador Dan Mihalache, Ian Maine, Deputy Director at National Army Museum, RCI Director Dorian Branea, and Dr. Cristina Păiuşan-Nuică, Research Scientist at National History Museum of Romania.  

The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the National History Museum of Romania, the National Archives of Romania, Peleş National Museum, Gorj County Museum, Scottish Women’s Hospitals, and the private collection of prof. Alin Ciupală. 

The exhibition can be visited from 15th June to 15th July 2018.   

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20 June 2018, 7 pm, part of LATE at NAM. Free. Book here.

PERFORMANCE: 'The Queen's Wars'

We complement the private view of the exhibition with a revealing new show inspired by famous Queen Marie of Romania’s wartime diaries, starring versatile Anca Doczi as the passionate and restless monarch who made a decisive contribution to the Romanian victory in the First World War and the subsequent creation of united Romania. Directed by Cristian Luchian. A revealing character study, faithfully portraying the great woman in a time of distress and eventual redemption. A Romanian Cultural Institute and Immersive Theatre co-production.

Join us after the show for a reception featuring some Romanian culinary and wine delights.


All events take place at the National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HT.

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