First World War, Second World War, Cold War, Contemporary conflict

IWM Stories

First World War, Second World War, Cold War, Contemporary conflict

IWM Stories

IWM Stories tackle the big conflict questions that you want answered. From First World War tanks to Churchill's election disaster.
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Second World War

Victory

Second World War

Victory

Commemorate 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe and remember the personal stories of people who stood together during a time of national crisis. 
VE Day celebrations in London on 8 May 1945
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The IWM Online Shop sells items inspired by our collections and the human experience of conflict.

IWM is a charity, every purchase helps their stories be retold.
Film and War

Film Favourites from the Archives

Film and War

Film Favourites from the Archives

Discover our Film Favourites series in which curators talk about their highlights from IWM's vast film collection. 
Camerman war still

Explore our Collection

Destroyers filled with evacuated British troops berthing at Dover, 31 May 1940. © IWM H 1640
Destroyers filled with evacuated British troops berthing at Dover, 31 May 1940.

Explore our Collection

Our museums may be closed but you can still explore our collection online. Search thousands of photographs and objects documenting conflict since 1914. 

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Art And Design

Download a Video Call Background

Art And Design

Download a Video Call Background

Bored of your bedroom wall? Download an IWM background to stylise your Google Meets, Zoom chats and Teams meetings. 
The Chief of Staff's Room at Churchill War Rooms

This Week in Adventures in History

Adventures in History: D-Day - People and Planning

This Week in Adventures in History

This week Adventures in History, discover the secretive planning required for D-Day

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Learning Activities and Resources

IWM has a range of learning resources to keep children occupied over the coming weeks, including our new Adventures in History and Family Mission series. 

 

 

 

 

Take a virtual tour of the American Air Museum

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Take a virtual tour of the American Air Museum

Learn more about our incredible collection of American aircraft and discover powerful personal stories of lives shaped by war in this new 360 tour of the American Air Museum at Duxford. 

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Featured Stories

Troops of the US 7th Corps wading ashore on Utah Beach.
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Second World War
The 10 Things you Need to Know about D-Day
On D-Day, 6 June 1944, Allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France. Codenamed Operation 'Overlord', the Allied landings on the Normandy beaches marked the start of a long and costly campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation.
D-Day
What you Need to Know about the Dunkirk Evacuations
In May 1940, the Allies teetered on the edge of catastrophe. The German invasion of France had pushed the British Expeditionary Force, with French and Belgian troops, back to the French port of Dunkirk - destruction awaited if a rescue operation was not mounted from across the Channel. 
Sharing a drink in an air raid shelter
Second World War
6 Lockdown Pastimes From The Second World War
If you’re getting fed up with the Coronavirus lockdown, spare a thought for those at home during the Second World War. How did people cope and occupy their time indoors, or when confined in shelters?

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As a charity, now more than ever IWM needs your support to ensure we can continue to tell personal stories and experiences of conflict for current and future generations to come.

A Balloon Site, Coventry
© IWM (ART LD 2750)
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Make a donation to IWM and help us to tell the stories of those affected by conflict, launch our ground-breaking exhibitions and deliver our world-class learning programmes. 
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Help tell stories that deserve to be heard by supporting us as a member and uncover a host of benefits including free standard admission to Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast and IWM Duxford.
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Discover the many ways you can support our historically important sites and world-leading collection.
Season

Refugees

Season

Refugees

Taking place at IWM London and IWM North, Refugees explores refugee experiences throughout history and ongoing issues faced by those affected through two major exhibitions, a series of events and a new site-specific art commission at IWM London from world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei.  
AFGHAN TEENAGERS PLAY CRICKET AGAINST A SHIPPING CONTAINER IN THE CALAIS ‘JUNGLE’, IN AN AREA OF THE CAMP KNOWN AS 'AFGHAN SQUARE'
©Rob Pinney