Growing up in the First World War

First World War Centenary

The First World War was a turning point in world history. It claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe and had an impact on the lives of everyone.

This year, visit From Street to Trench: A World War that Shaped a Region, a major new exhibition opening in April at IWM North and our groundbreaking new First World War Galleries at IWM London from July. Help us to reveal 8 million life stories in our innovative digital platform Lives of the First World War.

Learn about the First World War through the voices, photographs, letters and mementoes of those who were there. Explore history online, listen to our Voices of the First World War podcast series, discover the Whose Remembrance? project about colonial troops and check out our learning resources.

IWM is leading the First World War Centenary Partnership and Programme. Find out more about participating in the global commemorations at 1914.org.

Play your Part in History

Donate to our First World War Galleries Centenary campaign.

Find out more

We Are Transforming

Find out more about our major building redevelopment, transforming IWM London to mark the Centenary of the First World War. 

Learn more

Brush up on your History

From soldiers’ favourite slang words to stunning aerial artwork, learn some surprising facts about the First World War.

Browse our history section

First World War Centenary

The First World War was a turning point in world history. It claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe and had an impact on the lives of everyone.

This year, visit From Street to Trench: A World War that Shaped a Region, a major new exhibition opening in April at IWM North and our groundbreaking new First World War Galleries at IWM London from July. Help us to reveal 8 million life stories in our innovative digital platform Lives of the First World War.

Learn about the First World War through the voices, photographs, letters and mementoes of those who were there. Explore history online, listen to our Voices of the First World War podcast series, discover the Whose Remembrance? project about colonial troops and check out our learning resources.

IWM is leading the First World War Centenary Partnership and Programme. Find out more about participating in the global commemorations at 1914.org.

Play your Part in History

Donate to our First World War Galleries Centenary campaign.

Find out more

We Are Transforming

Find out more about our major building redevelopment, transforming IWM London to mark the Centenary of the First World War. 

Learn more

Brush up on your History

From soldiers’ favourite slang words to stunning aerial artwork, learn some surprising facts about the First World War.

Browse our history section

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