The Peace and Reconciliation Gallery within the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum reflects Coventry’s experience of war and the city’s post-war commitment to reconciliation. It explores themes of friendship, peace, and reconciliation at local, regional and international levels.
The gallery features key objects and artworks from the museum’s collection, including John Piper’s iconic painting of the ruins of Coventry Cathedral on the morning after the Blitz. There are also many fascinating personal stories of the Coventry Blitz and experiences of conflict in other parts of the world. Together they tell this poignant and unique part of Coventry’s history.
In addition, the history section of the museum contains some items from the 2-tone era, created by Coventry musicians in the late 1970s with a black and white logo representing the desire to transcend and defuse racial tensions in Britain.
The Herbert also has a gallery of paintings illustrating the life and legend of Lady Godiva.
The video below shows information about the Peace & Reconciliation Gallery in the Herbert.