9th Oct – 4th Nov, Hertford Theatre Gallery

We are proud to present the touring photographic exhibition In the Line of Duty: Askaris of The British Empire to coincide with Black History Month.

Ademola Adeniji

King’s African Rifles with Maxim gun ©IWM

The exhibition illustrates individual stories of men from the King African Rifles who fought alongside the British regiments on the Western Front and other parts of the British Empire in the First World War. ‘Askaris’ were locally recruited soldiers employed by the British and other European nations during the period of the colonial empires in Africa.

As we celebrate Black History Month and commemorate the centenary of the end of The Great War, it is timely to remember the sacrifices, heritage and contributions of the two million Africans affected by the conflict.

The exhibition showcases archival material from the IWM Collection and is produced by Learning Through The Arts, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.