IWM London (part of Imperial War Museums)

IWM London (part of Imperial War Museums)
Lambeth Road
Greater London




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On 19 July 2014, for the Centenary of the First World War, a transformed IWM London reopened 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 also opened Truth and Memory – the largest exhibition of British First World War art for almost 100 years.

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

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Opening hours

Open daily, 10.00-18.00

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

Admission charges


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, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Literature, Maritime, Personalities, Photography, Social History, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
photograph of the interior of iwm london's First World War galleries

First World War Galleries

  • 19 July 2014 — 31 December 2019 *on now

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Oppy Wood, 1917, Evening by John Nash (1918)

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War

  • 19 July 2014 — 8 March 2015 *on now

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.



Lord Ashcroft Gallery, Imperial War Museum London

The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes

  • 19 July 2014 — 31 December 2016 *on now

Visitors to the Lord Ashcroft Gallery’s Extraordinary Heroes exhibition can discover the personal stories behind each medal on display in a state-of-the-art space filled with interactive touch-screens, multimedia platforms and original interpretation.

The new gallery examines the concept of bravery and the personal stories behind the award of the medals. Alongside the precious medals are many objects on display for the first time as well as newly commissioned artwork, film and photography.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Imperial War Museum London





Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
British soldiers eating hot rations in the Ancre Valley during the Battle of the Somme, October 1916.

Lives of the First World War

  • 12 May 2014 — 31 December 2018 *on now

By the end of the centenary the project will have built the permanent digital memorial to more than 8 million men and women from across Britain and the Commonwealth and saved their stories for future generations.

Bringing together material from museums, libraries, archives and family collections from across the world together in one place, IWM needs your help to explore these documents, to link them together and to start telling the stories of those who served in uniform and worked on the home front.

Find out more about the project and how you can get involved here:




photograph of poppies

Is Art a True Picture of War?

  • 21 October 2014 7-9:30pm

The First World War saw a flourishing of British artistic expression, resulting in the creation of a new genre: ‘war art’.

Join BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz, and an expert panel as they discuss the genre and its legacy. Followed by Q and A.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


Adults £12.00, Concessions/IWM Friends £10.00.



Photograph of woman with a letter

First World War: Poems from the Front

  • 4 November 2014 7-9:30pm

Join John Simpson as he chairs a discussion that explores poems of the First World War including poetry readings by the relatives of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. Followed by Q and A session.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15


Adults £12.00, Concessions/IWM Friends £10.00.



photograph of elsie knocker and mairi chisholm

Why Soldiers Fight: From the First World War to Afghanistan

  • 19 November 2014 7-9:30pm

The British soldier serving in 2014, with their state of the art equipment, looks very different to the volunteer ‘Tommy’ of the First World War. But are today’s soldiers so different from those who served in 1914?

Followed by Q and A session.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+


Adults £12.00, Concessions/IWM Friends £10.00.



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


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.

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.

What was life like in the Second World War?