The National Army Museum has produced a collection of videos looking at the publics perceptions of  the British Empire and Commonwealth and the troops that served alongside the British Army.

BBC presenter Sonali Shah, DJ Nihal Arthanayake and Crystal Palace/Australia Midfielder Mile Jedinak, who all have Commonwealth heritage share their thoughts and feelings about their ancestral relationship with the British Empire and Commonwealth in this thought-provoking video aimed to spark debate around the subject.

Three million soldiers from across 60 countries fought alongside the British Army and without them Britain would have lost the war. Serving a world away from home, on every front, these soldiers faced difficult, unfamiliar and sometimes fatal conditions to fight for Britain.

As a part of the National Army Museum’s Empire and Commonwealth focus the Museum has taken an interactive pop-up and photographic exhibition on the road to a range of venues and festivals around the country. It was at these events that the videos were produced.


First World War in Focus is part of the National Army Museum’s Building for the Future project, which is supported by an £11.5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Support from the Heritage Lottery Fund has also enabled the Museum to go on the road during its closure period, with a series of nationwide events around the country to commemorate the First World War and the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo in June 2015.

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