IWM London (part of Imperial War Museums)

IWM London (part of Imperial War Museums)
Lambeth Road
London
Greater London
SE1 6HZ
England

Website

www.iwm.org.uk

E-mail

General enquiries

mail@iwm.org.uk

Telephone

020 7416 5000

Fax

020 7416 5374

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IWM London Exterior
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IWM London is undergoing a major building redevelopment as we transform our museum to mark the Centenary of the First World War. Work has begun to create our new museum and, to enable us to safely and securely deliver the most disruptive construction works, we are closed until 19 July 2014.

On 19 July 2014, for the Centenary of the First World War, a transformed IWM London will reopen with ground-breaking new First World War Galleries and a newly configured atrium displaying our iconic large objects. To mark the First World War Centenary we'll also be opening Truth and Memory – the largest exhibition of British First World War art for almost 100 years.

Find out more about our redevelopments and our plans to mark the First World War Centenary at iwm.org.uk

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

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open daily, 10.00-18.00

Closed 24 - 26 December, 6 January - 19 July 2014

Admission charges

FREE

Additional info

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

Items from this collection

Collection details

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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

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.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
photograph of wounded soldier on battlefield

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War

  • 19 July 2014 — 8 March 2015

Truth and Memory will be the largest exhibition and first major retrospective of British First World War art for almost 100 years and will include work by some of Britain’s most important artists of the twentieth century. Using artworks drawn mainly from IWM’s national collection, this exhibition will assess the immediate impact and enduring legacy of British art of the First World War.

Truth will explore how artists encountering the front lines experimented with new forms of art to capture the totally unfamiliar experience of the First World War. Through the work of CRW Nevinson, Paul Nash and William Orpen, amongst others, the exhibition will consider British artists’ quest for an authentic or ‘truthful’ representation of modern war.

Memory will move on to look at works produced at the end of the war and in its immediate aftermath, exploring the ambitious plans of Lord Beaverbrook’s British War Memorials Committee and the Imperial War Museum to build an artistic record of the nation’s war. Key commissioned paintings, such as Wyndham Lewis’s A Battery Shelled, will be displayed alongside important sculptural works like Jacob Epstein’s The Tin Hat and Eric Kennington’s studies for his Soissons Memorial to the Missing.

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk

photograph of field communications during ww1

First World War Galleries

  • 19 July 2014 — 31 December 2018

In the new First World War Galleries, made up of 14 areas, visitors will discover the story of the First World War, how it started, why it continued, how it was won and its global impact, through the lives of those who experienced it on the front line and the home front.

Drawing on our First World War collections – the richest and most comprehensive in the world – the Galleries will feature objects large and small, many of which have never been seen before from lucky charms made from shell fragments to iconic recruitment posters and huge ship models. Objects on show will include weapons and uniforms through to diaries, letters and souvenirs, which will sit alongside photographs, art and film.

Having considered some of the big questions and choices, ordinary and extraordinary, that the people of Britain and its former Empire had to face in this first ‘total war’, visitors will leave the Galleries with a new perspective on this landmark conflict.

Website

http://www.iwm.org.uk

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

How Do We Remember? WebQuest

http://nmolp.iwm.org.uk/webquests/

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

http://nmolp.iwm.org.uk/webquests/

WebQuests are online activities for children, using the collections of nine national museums and galleries.

The Children's War WebQuest

http://nmolp.iwm.org.uk/webquests/

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.

What was life like in the Second World War?

http://www.iwm.org.uk/upload/package/20/lifeinww2/index.htm

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