War Games: A temporary exhibition at The Historic Dockyard, ChathamPosted: August 14, 2015
The exhibition has been set up by the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood, and features exhibits from their collection and several private and public collections as well. Because of copyright issues I was unable to photograph individual exhibits, but I was allowed to take the following photographs of the space in which the exhibition is taking place.
All-in-all it was a very interesting exhibition, and I saw examples of early wargames that I had not previously seen … BUT … it did not – in my opinion – tell the story of wargaming as I would understand it. There was no mention of Robert Louis Stevenson’s wargame, nor of H G Wells’s book LITTLE WARS, or of SHAMBATTLE, or of any of the wargames that John Curry has republished as part of his ‘History of Wargaming‘ project. It struck me as being an exhibition of artefacts put together by design historians and not by military historians or wargamers.
That said, the exhibition is well worth visiting (it will be on until 20th September), and it was reassuring to see that two of Neil Thomas‘s books were on sale in the entrance to the exhibition.