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New gallery concepts for IWM's future revealed

Coinciding with the start of commemorations to mark its centenary year IWM has released concept sketches of new Second World War and Holocaust Galleries, to open in 2020, as part of the ongoing transformation of IWM London.

The new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries will draw heavily upon the unique personal stories that IWM’s collections contain to present a vivid narrative that reflects the realities of the Second World War, the Holocaust and the resulting impact upon the world.

Diane Lees, IWM’s Director-General said  ‘By drawing on our extraordinary collections and using all the experience we have accumulated over the past century, we will reinvigorate the way we present the Second World War and Holocaust to help people better understand and truly reflect on these world-changing events in our shared history.’

In addition to the Second World War and Holocaust Galleries, IWM will create new digitally enabled learning and event spaces directly connected to the Galleries.

These will significantly increase the number of young people participating in learning programmes at IWM London. This is a £30million project towards which Pears Foundation awarded a grant of £5million in 2015.

IWM is working with Ralph Applebaum Associates to develop the Second World War Galleries and Casson Mann on The Holocaust Galleries.