Hostile Environment: The British in Russia

Friday, June 28, 2019 - Saturday, December 14, 2019
All Day


The 11th of November 1918 wasn’t the end.  It really wasn’t the end at all. 

Instead of returning home following the armistice, thousands of British soldiers, including more than 1300 Green Howards, were deployed to northern Russia.  They were part of a multi-national force tasked with turning the tide of revolution.

We tell the little-known story of how Britain played its part in the Russian Civil War, using personal archives from the museum’s collection to explore the complex positioning of ‘red’ versus ‘white’ at a time of enormous global social and political upheaval in the aftermath of the First World War.

Admission to the exhibition is included in your museum entry.  Plan your visit.

The exhibition includes objects from the museum archive, as well as items on loan from private collections, regional and national lenders.

Museum Talk: 4 July 2019. Learn more about this fascinating period in world history, and find out how we put this ambitious exhibition together at our special Museum Talk with the museum’s curatorial team.  Book now.

Hostile Environment: The British in Russia 1918 -1920.  Exhibition made possible through the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund:

We are also grateful to:  Harrogate Museums and Arts, Harrogate Borough Council; Leeds Museums and Galleries; Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge for the objects on loan, as well as individuals who have lent precious items from their own collections to help us tell the soldiers’ story.