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. 

Duxford Air Shows

Duxford Air Festival | 23 & 24 May 2020

Duxford Air Shows

Duxford Air Festival | 23 & 24 May 2020

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 May
IWM Duxford
Fuel your senses with fast-flying, all-action aerobatics and spectacular sights in the air and on the ground. Duxford Air Festival is packed full of entertainment and experiences to power the imaginations of families, first-timers & fans. Secure your tickets today.  
The Blades display team at Duxford Air Festival
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First World War

Sam Mendes on directing 1917

First World War

Sam Mendes on directing 1917

Sam Mendes grew up hearing stories of the First World War from his grandfather Alfred H. Mendes, a Lance Corporal who served as a messenger on the Western Front. Watch our interview with Sam and learn more about his inspiration and the importance of telling stories of the First World War.
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What's On

Serving the Seas
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Serving the Seas

HMS Belfast

Permanent

Paint shop worker
IWM
Conservation in Action

IWM Duxford

Permanent

IWM London Holocaust Exhibition
The Holocaust Exhibition: A Guided Tour

IWM London

Selected dates January and February 2020

First World War, Animals At War

Voices of the First World War: Animals In War

First World War, Animals At War

Voices of the First World War: Animals In War

Animals have played a role in armed conflict throughout history, and the First World War was no different. Hear how millions of horses were used by all the combatant nations to transport men, supplies and equipment, as well as how pigeons and dogs were trained to carry messages.
A driver taking mules to water, Salonika, September 1916.

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Join IWM Today - become a member

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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Afghanistan

11 Photos from the Day International Football Returned to Afghanistan

Afghanistan

11 Photos from the Day International Football Returned to Afghanistan

On 15 February 2002, a landmark football match took place at the Olympic Stadium in Kabul, Afghanistan. A local team, Kabul United, played members of the International Security Assistance Force in front of more than 30,000 spectators.
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