Whilst incarcerated, some FEPOWs used art as a means to document their experiences in the camps. The production of this art was risky, as keeping any form of records was strictly forbidden. It was also an important coping mechanism for many FEPOWs. The fact that some of it survives today is testament to the ingenuity and resilience of the FEPOWs, and their determination to preserve this important element of history for future generations.
Through LSTM's longstanding relationships with FEPOW families, we have identified a number of previously unknown descendants in whose guardianship lies a remarkable collection of previously undocumented artwork.