National Portrait Gallery host lecture on war hero and global humanitarian

18 September 2017

  • ticketed event £3 per person, on Thursday 21 September, 1.15pm-2.15pm
  • called ‘Courage, Respect and Kindness: The Life of Leonard’, the event will cover the life and achievements of Leonard Cheshire 

To mark 100 years since war hero and global humanitarian Leonard Cheshire’s birth, the National Portrait Gallery is hosting a lunchtime lecture covering his life and achievements.

Held on Thursday 21 September, the hour-long lecture, from 1:15pm in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre, will be given by Leonard Cheshire’s biographer Richard Morris, who will examine how the distinguished Second World War RAF pilot came to create the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

The Victoria Cross recipient dedicated his life to helping those in need, including founding the charity in his name. Leonard passed away in 1992, but his legacy continues in his charity, which currently supports disabled people in the UK and 54 countries around the world to live the lives they choose. 

In honour of his ground-breaking contribution to the lives of disabled people, the National Portrait Gallery rehung a portrait of Leonard and his wife and fellow humanitarian Sue Ryder earlier this month. The portrait is currently on view for members of the public in the Balcony Gallery. 

Richard Morris is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Huddersfield. He is an expert in aviation history and published ‘Cheshire: The Biography of Leonard Cheshire, VC, OM’ in 2000. 

The lecture will include a BSL interpreter. Tickets are £3 (£2 for concessions and Gallery Supporters) and can be booked on the National Portrait Gallery website.

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