Imperial War Museum London
Imperial War Museum
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Please Note: From 2 January 2013 IWM London will be temporarily closed for six months until July 2013. This is to enable the museum to safely and securely deliver the most disruptive construction works for our ambitious project to transform IWM London.
During the period of temporary closure IWM’s four other branches – Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast in London, IWM Duxford and IWM North – will remain open.
In July 2013 IWM London will be partially re-opening with a major new family exhibition Horrible Histories®: Spies, an autumn programme of new art and photography displays including works that have never been on display before, as well as our permanent art galleries, The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes, The Holocaust Exhibition, Secret War, A Family in Wartime and our Explore History Centre.
In summer 2014, after a year of continued transformation and development, the museum will fully re-open with the launch of brand new First World War Galleries to mark the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War, a new Atrium as well as new shops and a 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.
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
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.
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.
Mend, Make or Spend?
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.