Keeper’s Gallery

Words of Peace

Tuesday 6 November – Friday 7 December | Free entry

This autumn we are bringing together two iconic documents from our collection for the first time, to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The Armistice agreement, signed in November 1918, ceased the war and associated land, sea and air battles with near-immediate effect, providing a prelude to the peace negotiations that would take place six months later at Versailles.

The Treaty of Versailles is perhaps the most famous document associated with the war and sets out the terms agreed at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, officially ending the conflict.

Both our copies of these documents epitomise the concerted desire for lasting peace between Germany, France and Britain following war, and will be accompanied by an incredible eyewitness account of the Armistice negotiations from an interpreter for the British party.

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