• Artists, activists and musicians join Imperial War Museums in marking Remembrance

    Visitors to IWM’s branches will have the opportunity to join in activities ranging from the annual Remembrance Lecture, in partnership with BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking, to observing a poignant breaking of the two-minute silence through brand-new musical performances.

  • New artwork at IWM London to commemorate 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

    From 5 November until 1 December 2019, the brand new work of art from renowned street artists STIK and Thierry Noir will be displayed to the public for the very first time at IWM London. 

  • Peter Ustinov, John Laurie and others in 'The New Lot'
    © IWM (DRA 443)
    IWM film archive to screen on Talking Pictures TV

    Recently digitised films from Imperial War Museums will air nationally for the first time this October, as Talking Pictures TV begins showing selections from the museum’s vast film archive.

  • Prince William of Gloucester sits in Spitfire at Battle of Britain film set, RAF Duxford
    © IWM (MGH 2434)
    IWM releases newly digitised footage of 1969 Battle of Britain film ahead of cinematic Duxford air show

    Imperial War Museums (IWM) has digitised and released rarely seen footage of the making of the 1969 Battle of Britain film, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Michael Caine classic and IWM Duxford’s annual Battle of Britain Air Show.

  • IWM concept image of the new Holocaust and Second World War galleries
    IWM reveals plans for ground-breaking new Second World War and Holocaust Galleries to mark 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War

    IWM reveals designs, narrative and collections’ highlights for its ground-breaking new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries, opening at IWM London in 2021.

  • Flights, camera, action: Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show celebrates 50 years of cinematic history

    This year’s Battle of Britain Air Show at IWM Duxford will look back at the 1969 Hollywood Battle of Britain film, and Duxford’s leading role in cinema.

  • Cabinet War Rooms visitor book containing signature of King George VI
    © IWM (Documents.92)
    Signatures of King George VI and Churchill in newly digitised Cabinet War Rooms visitor book released

    To commemorate the 80th anniversary of Churchill War Rooms becoming operational on 27 August 1939, Imperial War Museums (IWM) has digitised the original visitor book containing the names of numerous well-known visitors.

  • Leading experts question 'What Happens When Culture is Destroyed?' in a public symposium at IWM London

    Organised by the IWM Institute in close partnership with Historic England with support from the UK Blue Shield, the symposium takes place on Saturday 7 September 2019 at IWM London as part of the critically acclaimed Culture Under Attack season.

  • Syrian metal singer Jake Shuker in action
    Photo: Richard Ash
    IWM brings Syrian death metal to the UK for the first time in an eclectic programme of ‘rebel’ music from across the world

    To coincide with the exhibition Rebel Sounds (5 July 2019 – 5 January 2020), part of the Culture Under Attack season at IWM London, Imperial War Museums (IWM) presents Rebel Sounds Live, a free series of live interventions and discussions with musicians and activists who have risked their lives for culture in times of war, exile and censorship.

  • Laurence Lowry's painting 'Going to Work.'
    © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 3074)
    Lowry’s Going To Work returns home to Manchester for display at IWM North

    Lowry’s iconic painting, Going To Work is returning home to Manchester. The artwork, painted by Manchester native Laurence Stephen Lowry, will be going on display for the first time at IWM North from 29 July. Created in 1943, at the height of the Second World War, the painting was commissioned to depict industrial scenes in Manchester.

  • A visitor engages with Yemen: say hello to connect, a digital artwork touring Manchester to coincide with Yemen: Inside a Crisis, a free exhibition at IWM North (until 26 January 2020)
    © IWM A visitor engages with Yemen: say hello to connect, a digital artwork touring Manchester to coincide with Yemen: Inside a Crisis, a free exhibition at IWM North (until 26 January 2020).
    Digital art installation tours Manchester to shed light on the “world’s worst” humanitarian crisis in Yemen

    To coincide with the exhibition Yemen: Inside a Crisis (17 May 2019 – 26 January 2020) IWM is offering Manchester’s public the opportunity to explore the catastrophic implications of Yemen’s ongoing conflict beyond the walls of the museum. Yemen: Say hello to connect is a travelling art installation that uncovers the human cost of the crisis in Yemen by revealing the country’s everyday challenges.

  • IWM and Save the Children use social media to reveal three children’s experiences of the war in Yemen on World Refugee Day

    Described by the UN as the “world’s worst” humanitarian crisis, the on-going conflict in Yemen has left an estimated 80% of the country’s men, women and children in desperate need of assistance.

  • Radio presenters in studio of Radio B52 in Serbia
    Serbian station Radio B92 © Goran Basaric
    New IWM exhibition profiles those who have risked their lives in times of conflict for the music they love

    Throughout history, oppressive regimes have attempted to eradicate forms of culture and expression, from Hitler’s persecution of swing and jazz groups in 1930s Nazi Germany to the ban of music in Northern Mali under Islamist rule in 2012. In spite of this, there have always been those willing to risk everything to resist oppression and protect threatened culture.

  • IWM brings Syrian death metal to the UK for the first time in an eclectic programme of ‘rebel’ music from across the world

    To coincide with the exhibition Rebel Sounds (5 July 2019 – 5 January 2020), part of the Culture Under Attack season at IWM London, IWM presents Rebel Sounds Live, a free series of live interventions and discussions with musicians and activists who have risked their lives for culture in times of war, exile and censorship.

  • Immersive 360 projection at IWM North brings First World War to life with footage from BAFTA-nominated They Shall Not Grow Old

    From 19 April 2019, visitors to IWM North will be able to witness powerful footage from Academy Award winner Peter Jackson’s critically acclaimed They Shall Not Grow Old, alongside original imagery, footage and sound from IWM's extensive First World War collections.

  • John Singer Sargent's painting, A Street in Arras. Soldiers leaning against a bomb-damaged building.
    John Singer Sargent, A Street in Arras, 1918 © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1607)
    IWM London’s Culture Under Attack season reveals how war threatens the treasures that make us human

    Culture Under Attack is a free season of exhibitions, live music, performances and interventions that explore how war threatens not just people’s lives, but also the very things that help make lives worth living.

  • Photograph showing the ravaging effects of the Baedeker raids on the cathedral city of Exeter in 1942
    Photograph showing the ravaging effects of the Baedeker raids on the cathedral city of Exeter in 1942 © Historic England
    IWM and Historic England partner to expose deliberate destruction of cultural heritage in major new exhibition

    From the Nazi theft of art and the bombing of cathedrals in Coventry and Dresden to the destruction of objects from Mosul Museum in Iraq, war devastates lives, kills people and destroys the cultural heritage that they hoped would outlive them.

  • Painting of The Ypres Salient at Night by Paul Nash
    © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1145)
    Never-before-seen documents reveal IWM’s plan for evacuating its art collection during the Second World War

    Never-before-seen documents from IWM's collections will be displayed as part of a new exhibition at IWM London, uncovering how cultural treasures in British museums and galleries were evacuated and protected during the Second World War.

  • A student from Aal Okab school stands in the ruins of his classroom. The school was on the outskirts of Saada, in the north of Yemen, and was heavily bombed in 2015 after Houthi fighters were reported to have taken refuge in the buildings.
    © Giles Clarke for UN/OCHA, 2017
    Yemen: Inside a Crisis at IWM North

    IWM North’s Yemen season will spotlight “world’s worst” humanitarian crisis through 50 objects and photographs from the on-going conflict.

  • D-Day 75
    © IWM
    IWM announces D-Day 75 programme

    Mass flight display recreating D-Day mission to lead Imperial War Museums’ unprecedented 75th anniversary programme.

  • Mercury Prize nominated Field Music
    Photo Andy Martin, Mercury Prize nominated Field Music
    Mercury Prize nominated Field Music set to perform new work at IWM's late events in 2019

    At the close of IWM's First World War Centenary programming, two unique and specially commissioned performances featuring new music by Mercury Award nominated band Field Music will be staged in 2019.