Children: War Horse exhibition at the National Army Museum

Soldiers of the 9th Hodson's Horse, Indian Army, practise docility techniques with their horses, India, 1938. © National Army Museum

It doesn’t matter if you or your kids have seen War Horse, the show, in order to enjoy this exhibition – and learn from it too, though not in a dreary way. It’s a history of how horses have been used in warfare, focussing mainly, though not solely, on the First World War when about 8 million horses were killed or slaughtered. More than anything it’s about the relationship between these highly trained animals and the men who rode and looked after them, and if your children are interested in either horses or the army, they will be engrossed by the exhibits on display – which include many really telling photographs, Siegfried Sassoon’s hand-written notebooks on horse care, riding equipment, and two of the National Theatre’s War Horse puppet heads, great seen up close. The show is interactive, so kids can sit on a saddle, and colour in and name their own war horse to be pinned on one of the exhibition’s walls. The National Army Museum has a really good kids zone too, as well as a good shop and cafe.

War Horse: Fact & Fiction
22 Oct - August 2012. Open every day 10.00am - 5.30pm
National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HT
020 7730 0717
— Daisy
20th October 2011

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