A Civil Soldier is an ongoing artistic visualisation of a dense and complex archive collection belonging to Brigadier Edmund Paton Walsh. This archive is housed in The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives (LHCMA) and is part of King’s College London Archives Services. The LHCMA manages hundreds of unique collections relating to the history of modern warfare used for teaching, research and public engagement.
Charlotte Cullinan (of artists duo Cullinan Richards) is researching these archives alongside Head of Archives, Geoff Browell, with the artistic purpose of unpacking a very dense catalogue compiled by Brigadier Paton Walsh, the artist’s maternal grandfather, and present it with a new set of perspectives from the point of view of an artist. The aim of this research is to provide further context and meaning, to learn more about the collection through the perspective of an artist – looking back to open up detail to make the archive assessable through a live situation. The artistic aim is to question how knowledge creation is visualised in new, playful, and innovative ways and how it can be disseminated to a wider audience.