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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First World War

Hall of Remembrance

First World War

Hall of Remembrance

Explore the story of the never-built Hall of Remembrance and the artworks created to commemorate the First World War in an immersive 3D experience.
Virtual hall of Remembrance
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What's On

Installation view of Moments of Silence at IWM London
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Exhibition
Moments of Silence

IWM London

Until 31 March 2019

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

Mercury Prize nominated Field Music in IWM London's iconic Atrium. From left to right: David and Peter Brewis
© IWM Mercury Prize nominated Field Music in IWM London's iconic Atrium. From left to right: David and Peter Brewis
Performance
Field Music at IWM London

IWM London

31 January 2019

Second World War, Winston Churchill

How Churchill Led Britain To Victory In The Second World War

Second World War, Winston Churchill

How Churchill Led Britain To Victory In The Second World War

Winston Churchill became Britain's prime minister on 10 May 1940. As he was later to write: 'I felt...that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial'. On the very day that Churchill fulfilled his life's ambition, Germany had, that morning, invaded France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Churchill waving to crowds in Whitehall, London, as they celebrate VE Day, 8 May 1945.
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Britain And The Commonwealth Since 1945

Why did British troops leave Aden?

Britain And The Commonwealth Since 1945

Why did British troops leave Aden?

Ever since they occupied Aden as a territory in 1839, British troops were subjected to attacks. From 1962, Britain was engaged in an escalating conflict in the protectorate.
A foot patrol, of the 1st Battalion, The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, moving warily though a bazaar in Tawahi, Aden.