IWM London (part of Imperial War Museums)
IWM London (part of Imperial War Museums)
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Following a temporary closure to begin transformation works, IWM London has partially re-opened with a major new family exhibition Horrible Histories®: Spies, a new art exhibition Architecture of War and IWM Contemporary, a new programme showcasing significant works by leading artists in response to war and conflict.
Our free permanent galleries and exhibitions have also reopened. Visitors can explore what life was like at home during the Second World War in A Family in Wartime, delve further into the world of espionage in Secret War and visit our award-winning Holocaust Exhibition; discover stories of bravery in The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes; and view work by some of Britain’s most significant 20th Century artists in our People’s War: Second World War Portraits.
While the museum is partially open (until summer 2014) we will continue to transform IWM London behind the scenes.
During this time visitors will enter IWM London through our West Entrance, the atrium and large objects will be covered from view and there may be times of disruption as the works continue.
IWM London will re-open fully in summer 2014 with new First World War Galleries to mark the start of the Centenary, a new reconfigured atrium with large object displays, as well as our new shops and park-side café.
To find out more visit iwm.org.uk
IWM London is the national museum of the experiences of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since 1914.
IWM is the museum of everyone’s story: the history of modern war and people’s experience of war and wartime life in Britain and the Commonwealth. It is an educational and historical institution responsible for archives, collections and sites of outstanding national importance.
IWM London houses exhibits from photographs to personal letters, covering conflicts since the First World War; they include film and sound recordings, and some of the 20th century's best-known paintings. Visitors can explore many exhibitions and displays, including a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Holocaust and a changing programme of special temporary exhibitions.
IWM is a member of the First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of organisations committed to the delivery of the First World War Centenary Programme: a global programme of events and activities inspiring young and old to remember the impact of the First World War on people and society today.
Find out more at www.1914.org
Open daily, 10.00-18.00
Closed 24-26 December
Wheelchair access to all areas and disabled toilets available on each floor.
20th Century Collections, include: Art, Documents, Film and Video Archive, Printed Books, Photograph Archive, Sound Archive, Exhibits and Firearms
Archives, Aviation, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Film and Media, Fine Art, Industry, Land Transport, Literature, Maritime, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War
Crimes against humanity
- 1 January 2000 — 1 January 2020 *on now
A specially-commissioned 30-minute film is the central element of this exhibition which examines the theme of genocide and ethnic conflict - looking at some of the common features shared by the horrendous bloodshed in Armenia, Nazi-occupied Europe, Cambodia, East Timor, Bosnia, Rwanda and elsewhere.
Horrible Histories: Spies
- 29 July 2013 — 24 June 2014 *on now
IWM London’s new major family exhibition is based on the popular children's book series written by Terry Deary, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013. Visitors will be immersed into the world of Second World War spy-craft, including codes and cyphers, disguises, camouflage, forgeries and gadgets
- Any age
Architecture of War
- 29 July 2013 — 5 May 2014 *on now
Through IWM’s art collection, Architecture of War presents artists’ responses to the impact of warfare on landscape and environments.
The selection spans almost a century of British art, from the First World War to the present day, and explores themes such as construction, destruction, cities and interiors.
Some artworks show the united purpose of humans and machines in factories, others show tension in divided cities. Many artists have used ruined buildings to symbolise the effects of warfare on people. Others show the claustrophobic conditions of control rooms and shelters.
Architecture of War displays oil paintings, prints, sketches, drawings, watercolours and photographs by artists including William Orpen, Ronald Searle, William Scott and Langlands and Bell.
Donovan Wylie: Vision as Power
- 24 October 2013 — 21 April 2014 *on now
This new exhibition presents the photographs of Donovan Wylie, renowned for his interrogation of the impact of modern military architecture on the landscape. Don Wylie: Vision as Power invites us to consider the impact of powerful, yet vulnerable surveillance structures on the environment, the observer and the observed.
IWM Contemporary: Mike Moore and Lee Craker
- 24 October 2013 — 5 January 2014 *on now
This new photography exhibition contrasts the works of two pioneering photographers presenting two perspectives of Iraq from 1991–2011. From powerful images of the First Iraq War in 1991 to considered portraits of US soldiers and architectural studies of Iraqi palaces in 2011, IWM Contemporary: Mike Moore and Lee Craker examines the impact of war on the Iraqi people and the American and British troops who served there.
The Children's War WebQuest
What were children's lives like in the Second World War? This online investigation uses the collections of the Imperial War Museum to help children imagine the daily life of a child on the Home Front, leading to a piece of creative writing.
How to obtain
Open the Children's War box, then click Start WebQuest.
How Do We Remember? WebQuest
What sort of things do we remember about the past? How do we capture these memories? This online activity encourages children to investigate the history of the Imperial War Museum and some of its artefacts, before recording a memory of their own in the form of a paper boat. The boats can come together in a classroom display.
How to obtain
Open the How Do We Remember? box, then click Start WebQuest.
Imperial War Museum WebQuests
WebQuests are online activities for children, using the collections of nine national museums and galleries.