French history in the frame at free University Centre Shrewsbury event

Art and history enthusiasts are invited to University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) to find out how “all is not as it appears” in France’s past when it is portrayed through images.

Professor Claire Griffiths will present a free talk at Guildhall, UCS’s learning and research base, from 1pm on Wednesday May 16, exploring ‘Revolutions in Art: Reality and Subterfuge in Painting French History’.

Claire is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Chester.

She said: “From Napoleon to Macron, the French state has manipulated its public image through visual media. At the beginning of the 19th century, this was exemplified by a series of paintings, illustrated in Jacques-Louis David’s depiction of Napoleon crossing the Alps.

“In the 21st century, the opportunities to shape how history will remember our leaders are subject to the constant flow of visual images that travel the globe in seconds. While this marks a fundamental shift in modes of visual communication, beyond the passage of time one law remains; all is not as it appears.”

Admission to the event is free, but booking is essential. To reserve a place go to or

Alternatively, people can visit the reception at Guildhall in Frankwell Quay (SY3 8HQ) which is open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.30am to 1.30pm on Fridays, or call 01743 297185.

The talk is part of a series of events at UCS covering a range of subjects. Many of the events are free, and they are open to everyone. For further details go to