IWM Duxford is open to the public as usual. The American Air Museum (one of our eight exhibition buildings) is closed for a year-long redevelopment project. All other exhibitions and spaces are open as normal.

Key Stage 3 Learning Sessions

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  • An image showing United States troops during the Second World WarGallery Session People’s Stories: D-Day

    Students will learn more about the Normandy landings and consider the impact of this event on the men who took part.

  • Gallery Session: Vietnam

    Students handle a selection of artefacts and consider the advantage of guerrilla warfare over conventional tactics in this conflict, whilst touring some of the iconic aircraft that played a significant role in the Vietnam War.

  • Hands-on Workshop: How Things Fly

    Discover how the Bernoulli principle and Coanda effect work with Newtonian physics to create the forces of flight, through hands-on experiments and object handling.

  • A painting showing a salvage worker breaking down an armoured vehicleHands-on Workshop: Science and Technology Challenge

    Emulating the scientific and engineering challenges faced in the Normandy invasions, students will design and build tanks capable of floating, building bridges and firing specialised armaments.

  • An image showing pilots during the Second World WarInteractive Talk: Battle of Britain

    Duxford Airfield played an important part in the Battle of Britain. View images and film from the era, study artefacts, and learn about the preparations for the Battle of Britain and the key targets attacked.

  • An image of the Berlin WallInteractive Talk: Cold War

    Using archive film footage and images students explore the issues that were a threat to global peace in the late twentieth century.

  • A painting of rationed goods from the Second World WarInteractive Talk: Home Front 1939-45

    Civil defence, evacuation, rationing, the use of gas masks and campaigns such as Dig for Victory affected the entire country. This session looks at these issues, using film, photographs and artefacts from the museum’s collections.

  • An image of troops seen in silhouette passing along a small ridge.Interactive Talk: Trench Warfare

    Using a wealth of artefacts and photographs students will explore the daily routine of a soldier in the trenches and discover what life was like on the Western Front.

  • A painting showing aircraft under constructionInteractive Tour: Creative and Destructive Forces

    Learn how technological developments used in weapons of war lead to everyday commercial and social applications.

  • An image of a Boeing B-29 SuperfortressPartners in Flight: STEM outreach session

    An exciting new outreach programme for classes in Years 5 to 7, based on a model Second World War Boeing B-29 Superfortress.

  • An image of students at IWM DuxfordSpecial Event: STEM Careers Day

    In partnership with STEM Team East, and led by STEM Ambassadors from companies around the region, students take part in fun and challenging hands-on Science and Technology activities.

  • An image of American soldiers wading through waterStudy Day: Vietnam

    Students handle a selection of artefacts and consider the advantage of guerrilla warfare over conventional tactics in this conflict, whilst touring some of the iconic aircraft that played a significant role in the Vietnam War.

  • A million mark note used during the depression in Germany Working with Sources: The Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazis

    Introduce or revise Germany 1919-1939 with this interactive workshop investigating an enquiry question of your choice. Students will describe, explain and analyse a wide range of sources from the period and practice using sources to support their historical arguments.
  • Two people look up at the inside of an aeroplanePartners in Flight: Training and Development

    An exciting new STEM CPD day for primary and middle school teachers, combining sessions on effective teaching with learning-outside-the-classroom challenges.

  • Self Guided Visits

    A visit to IWM Duxford can support studies related to the First and Second World Wars, the Cold War, Vietnam, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as well as cross curricular subjects such as Transport.

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