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Explore the colourful life and career of wartime songbird Vera Lynn, whose anthems of hope spread joy around Britain at one of the most challenging times in history.

The exhibition provides a window into the public and private life of beloved British singer Vera Lynn. Reaching the height of her popularity during the Second World War, Vera became the posterchild for hope, helping to maintain morale while the country was in the throws of conflict.

Chronicling an astonishing nine decades in the public eye, the exhibition features over 100 items from Vera’s life and work, including costumes, awards, gold discs and photographs. Highlights on display include Vera’s treasured diary from her three-month tour through Burma, her wedding suit and cardboard cake from her marriage to musician Harry Lewis in 1941, and a new portrait of the icon by contemporary artist Neil Gower.

The exhibition also displays 20 painted works made by the singer throughout her lifetime – including portraiture and still life, many of the works featured were painted from her home in the museum’s town of Ditchling.

From wartime entertainer to painter and philanthropist, discover the eclectic career of a British icon.

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