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The exhibition 'little pieces from big stars' is the latest fund-raising initiative from War Child, a charity aiming to provide not only food and medicines for the people of Sarajevo and Mostar, but morale-boosting supplies of musical instruments and recordings as well. 'little pieces . . .' brings together close on a hundred artworks by musicians, to be auctioned at the Royal College tomorrow at prices ranging from around pounds 50, for one of several pencil drawings by EMF's Ian Dench, to about pounds 4,000, for a series of 14 computerised collage prints by David Bowie.

Tactical weapons: Abram Games' wartime posters mixed sloganeering with a touch of surrealism and the promise of a brighter future. Iain Gale reports

It was Total War. From 1939 to 1945 the British people were united against tyranny. But the Government, unidealistic, realised that total patriotic unity could not be achieved without some persuasion. An expert in the art of such persuasion was Abram Games.

Diary: Correction

On Tuesday I reported that Kate Adie had referred to her agent a request to be photographed with the veteran reporter John Snagge.

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A story told in big bangs: The Woolwich campaign: the aim is victory and a great museum. Christopher Bellamy reports. Photographs by Herbie Knott

The sight of the old Woolwich Arsenal is enough to make strong men weep. Sadly decayed, it sits - a dozen-and-a-half listed buildings - unseen by the public since they were built two centuries ago. At its peak, in the early years of this century, the Arsenal supported 80,000 people. It continued to make prototype weapons until the 1970s, and therefore remained hidden to public view. But when weapons manufacture stopped, nobody was very interested in the site, and the exquisite listed buildings were left to rot.

EXHIBITIONS / Blitz and pieces: To understand the true horror of the Blitz we should ignore hands-on displays and consider the work of Elizabeth Watson, says Iain Gale

In his book The Myth of the Blitz, Angus Calder writes 'We, born since, have ignored how frightening and confusing the period from April 1940 through to June 1941 was for the British people. Perhaps we simply cannot comprehend that fear and confusion imaginatively. Myth stands in our way.' Fifty years on, we are only beginning to de- mythologise the Blitz. The Imperial War Museum's Blitz Experience can recreate a raid over London, but it is still high theatre. We know the Brits will prevail. The fact that in 1940 we very nearly didn't is better conveyed in a modest exhibition of watercolours which opened at the museum last week.

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IN THE next two months Britain has its last chance to establish the Type Museum, a unique working museum in London devoted to printing with moveable type. The Merrion Monotype Trust, with the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Science Museum, has rescued an irreplaceable wealth of letter patterns and precision machines. These - some eight million artefacts - represent Monotype, the hot-metal process patented in 1897 that perfected the art of automatic typesetting and produced typefaces for virtually every known alphabet and script. Printers worldwide came to Monotype for their supplies. The elegance of Monotype type design and technology made possible the unsurpassed quality of 20th- century print.

Wartime entertainers help launch 50th anniversary exhibition of D-Day landings

Fred and Frank Cox, twins who arrived in Normandy shortly after D-Day with the RAF Gang Show, at the Imperial War Museum's D-Day to Victory exhibition, which opens tomorrow. It includes film footage, letters and diaries of those who took part in the landings and secret documents used by Allied leaders.

Major puts D-Day plan into action

JOHN MAJOR launched a million- pound programme yesterday which he hoped would 'unite the nation' - the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings in June 1944. 'The overwhelming cost will fall on the Government,' he said at the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth, south- east London. 'Not a huge and outrageous sum, but in the low figures of millions. This is a unique event.'

Escapers' Cup

Jane Reid, the widow of Pat Reid who escaped from Colditz during the Second World War, presenting a curling cup to the Imperial War Museum yesterday. The trophy was won by six escapees who beat the Swiss Club in Switzerland in 1942-43.

A United States Air Force F-111 bomber flying over the M11

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Letter: Pictures of war that are over the top

Sir: Further to the letters from Jane Carmichael and Trevor Harvey (20 August) concerning the possibly staged picture of troops going 'over the top' (18 August), your readers may be interested to know that the Department of Printed Books, Imperial War Museum, has recently re-published the autobiography of Lt Geoffrey Malins, How I Filmed the War.

Letter: Poignant truth in a war photograph

Sir: I would like to respond to Fred Parrott's question (letter, 18 August) about the authenticity of the photograph showing troops going over the top which accompanied your feature on court martials of the First World War. The Imperial War Museum holds the 40,000 photographs taken by official photographers during the First World War and it is one of these, catalogued under the reference number Q 5100.

Celebrations mark 50 years of flying by Spitfire that helped win Battle of Britain

Two Pitts Special biplanes and an Extra performing at the Imperial War Museum airfield, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, for celebrations yesterday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Mk IX Spitfire, MH434, which flew 74 missions claiming five German fighters.
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