New Perspectives: Lesser Known Histories of the First World War

With the New Perspectives project, IWM London challenges young people to take a new perspective on the First World War, inspired by our collections. Young people can research our archives; pitch ideas to museum curators and work with filmmakers to storyboard ideas and make animated films.  Some of the lesser known First World War topics we’ve covered with New Perspectives have included: Africa; Indian Army; Turkey and Gallipoli; Psychological Impact and Physical Impact.

We have worked with four London schools: Notre Dame, Broomfield, Southfield and Cumberland.  We have also delivered two summer schools. In total we have produced 22 wonderful and informative silent films about interesting collections the students discovered in our archive. These New Perspectives films now feature in our new First World War Galleries.

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