IWM will be putting issues of recent and ongoing conflict at the forefront of its programming in 2019, with a major new exhibition on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and a season exploring culture as a target of war .

We'll also be marking significant historical anniversaries and our thrilling air shows will return for another exciting year at IWM Duxford. 

Discover what we have planned and sign-up for our eNews  to ensure you don't miss future announcements. 

Yemen: Inside a Crisis, IWM North

A child, impoverished due to the ongoing war in Yemen, counts his money he has made from selling boiled eggs. Yemen, Taiz City, Jamal Street, 3 September 2017. Photograph Ahmed Basha
Photograph Ahmed Basha

Yemen: Inside a Crisis, IWM North

The UK’s first major exhibition to address Yemen’s on-going humanitarian crisis will be held at IWM North between 17 May – 24 November 2019. 

Yemen: Inside a Crisis will examine the real impact that the current war is having on its people. It will explore how the conflict, which started in 2015, has tipped the fragile nation into an economic tailspin. With food and water beyond affordability for most Yemenis, the exhibition will consider the catastrophic impact this has on the people of Yemen.

For the very first time, IWM North will be taking conversations and programmes beyond the museum’s walls and onto the streets. A series of pop-up events in the city of Manchester’s public spaces will give members of the public an opportunity to hear and learn more about the humanitarian crisis and to ask questions.

Culture Under Attack, IWM London

A member of the Iraqi forces inspects the damage inside the destroyed museum of Mosul on April 2 2017 after they recaptured it from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Photograph AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images.
AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images

Culture Under Attack, IWM London

What happens when culture is threatened, targeted or deliberately annihilated? This is the question visitors at IWM London will be invited to consider as the museum explores the impact of acts of war against what defines who we are – our culture.

The Culture Under Attack season (5 July 2019 – 5 January 2020) will comprise of three free exhibitions and a series of live events.

What Remains, curated in partnership with Historic England, will focus on the deliberate destruction of cultural places, the objects and stories that bring them to life and the rebuilding of culture that follows.

Rebel Sounds is an immersive experience exploring the significance of music in relation to cultural and personal identity. Rebel Sounds Live, a series of musical performances and discussions by musicians and activists from across the globe, will reveal the stories of people who fought in times of conflict and oppression to keep the music alive.

Art In Exile uncovers how cultural treasures in British museums and galleries were evacuated and protected during the Second World War.

IWM will host its third IWM annual Remembrance lecture, bringing together a panel of artists, archaeologists and academics to discuss cultural memory and its physical protection and preservation in conflict zones.

Historical Anniversaries

Commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade led by Brigadier Lord Lovat (in the water, to the right of his men) land on Queen Red beach, Sword area, c. 0840 hours, 6 June 1944.

Historical Anniversaries

In 2019, we will be marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion of Northern France during the Second World War. 

We'll also be exploring what happened when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the impact it had on the world.

Air Shows 2019

Spitfire N3200 at Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2018
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Air Shows 2019

After a spectacular 2018 season, we’ll be hosting an action packed line-up of Air Shows at IWM Duxford. Don't forget to sign-up to our eNews below to ensure you are among the first to hear when tickets go on sale.

If you can't wait, explore the history of Duxford Air Shows in our special feature -  did you know King George V attended a flying display at Duxford in 1935? 

 

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