On Thursday 7th May Meg Parkes, Honorary Research Fellow at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, will speak about The Secret Art of Survival. Meg has a detailed understanding of the history of prisoners of war in the Far East based on many hours of interviews which have formed the basis for her academic work, and her talk is based on an exhibition of the same name which was visited by members of the Art Appreciation Group and which runs until 20th June this year at the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool University. Soldiers returning from imprisonment in camps in the Far East faced a lack of understanding regarding their complex medical needs and the work undertaken by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in aiding their rehabilitation has been ground breaking. The project lasted from 1945 until the late 1990s. It was discovered that one of the ways people coped with seemingly unendurable conditions was to draw the world around them. The consequences if they were discovered were grave but the results, often kept as cherished mementos, form the basis of the exhibition.