The First World War was a turning point in world history, claiming over 16 million lives across the globe
We are opening new First World War Galleries at IWM London and a new major exhibition at IWM North
IWM was established in 1917 to ensure future generations understood the causes and consequences of 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.
2014 - 2018 marks the Centenary of the First World War, a landmark anniversary for Britain and the world.
IWM was established in 1917, while the First World War was still being fought, to ensure future generations understood the causes and consequences of war, to collect and display material as a record of everyone’s experiences during that warand to remember the men and women who served.
Our programme for the First World War Centenary
We are commemorating the Centenary by:
- Opening groundbreaking new First World War Galleries at IWM London and a new major exhibition at IWM North
- Launching the innovative digital platform Lives of the First World War
- Developing engaging immersive educational initiatives including Young Reporters
Our programme will reach and involve a wider audience than ever before, creating a legacy for future generations.
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First World War Centenary Partnership and Programme
IWM is leading the First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of over 1,000 local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations. Together, we will present a vibrant global Programme of cultural events and activities, and digital platforms which will enable millions of people across the world to discover more about life in the First World War.
Find out more about the Partnership and Programme.