New Churchill War Rooms entrance will reference military hardware, Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore

By Culture24 Reporter | 25 May 2012
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All under wraps.The Imperial War Museum's new entranceway to the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall.© Courtesy Clash Associates

The entrance to the Churchill War Rooms has for years mirrored its wartime role as a discreet, secret underground location where Winston Churchill and his cabinet conducted the business of war safe from the London Blitz and the terror of Hitler’s flying V bombs.

Now a new bold edifice designed by London-based architects Clash Associates is about to be unveiled that the Imperial War Museum hopes will act as a “beacon, highlighting the museum’s unique role in the nation’s history.”

The new entrance, made of burnished bronze and Portland stone, promises to complement the listed Whitehall buildings that surround it whilst referencing the bulldog spirit of Churchill, the military hardware of World War Two and the bronze sculptures of Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore.

All will be revealed on May 31 when visitors will be welcomed into the fascinating wartime nerve centre via an equally fascinating new doorway.

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