Imperial War Museums explores conflict and its impact on people’s lives.

IWM is a family of five museums recording and showcasing experiences of modern conflict. Some of those experiences paint a picture of everyday life in wartime, others give us a glimpse of something exceptional. All of them help us to explore the causes of war and its impact on people’s lives. 

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Making A New World

Making A New World

Our season explores how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today through a programme of free exhibitions, alongside immersive live music, performance and public debates.
British POWs reach Tournai
©IWM (Q 9687)

What's On

Audience at IWM Short Film Festival 2014
IWM London, Audience at IWM Short Film Festival
Film screening, Short Film Festival
IWM Short Film Festival 2018 Screenings

IWM London

25 to 29 October

Gassed by John Singer Sargent in the Lest We Forget Exhibition
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Exhibition
Lest We Forget?

IWM North

Until 24 February 2019

Still taken from Mimesis: African Soldier by John Akomfrah
© John Akomfrah Still taken from Mimesis: African Soldier by John Akomfrah, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, New Art Exchange, Nottingham and Smoking Dogs Films, with additional support from Sharjah Art Foundation
Exhibition
Mimesis: African Soldier

IWM London

Until 31 March 2019

The Poppies Tour at IWM

Wave at IWM North
Exhibition
Poppies: Wave

IWM North

Until 25 November

Poppies 1418 NOW
Exhibition
Poppies: Weeping Window

IWM London

5 October to 18 November

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Become a member for a year of great days out at all five IWM museums. Benefits include unlimited free admission to HMS Belfast, Churchill War Rooms and IWM Duxford from just £35.
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First World War

Voices of the First World War: Into Battle

First World War

Voices of the First World War: Into Battle

Episode 7: As soon as war began in August 1914, the belligerent nations in Europe sent their troops into battle. Hear the men who were sent to the fighting front when war broke out describe their first battles.
A column of German field artillery on the march during the advance into France, September 1914.
© IWM (Q 56553)