• IWM to mark 75 years since VE Day by bringing the voices of the past into homes

    IWM is asking households to take a moment on Bank Holiday Friday 8 May, the 75th anniversary of VE Day, to play the four-minute soundscape Voices of War on IWM’s website.

  • IWM brings history to families through new digital programming

    From spies to submarines and life on the Home Front, IWM will bring history into the homes of families across the world as part of its brand-new digital programme, sharing unique and personal stories from our extraordinary collections.

  • © IWM (ART LD 415) Kenneth Rowntree, Foreign Service-men in Hyde Park, Early Summer, 1940, 1940.
    Kenneth Rowntree, Foreign Service-men in Hyde Park, Early Summer, 1940, 1940. © IWM (ART LD 415)
    New IWM publication shines light on London life and wartime resilience

    Drawing on IWM's rich art collection and archives, Wartime London in Paintings brings lesser-known artists to light alongside household names like Henry Moore.

  • Ohka kamikaze aircraft is suspended in IWM London atrium
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    Ohka kamikaze aircraft goes on display at IWM London

    A Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka Model 11, a Japanese single seat suicide attack (Kamikaze) aircraft, has gone on display at IWM London for the very first time. This is the first major change to IWM London’s Atrium since its opening in 2014.

  • Squadron Leader Brian 'Sandy' Lane of 19 Squadron (centre) confers with Flight Lieutenant Walter 'Farmer' Lawson and Flight Sergeant George 'Grumpy Unwin at Fowlmere near Duxford, September 1940.
    IWM Duxford opens unseen historic rooms to mark Battle of Britain 80th anniversary

    This summer, IWM Duxford will grant visitors access to newly transformed and previously unseen historic Second World War rooms to retell the story of the Battle of Britain.

  • Stills taken from Life in a Camp at IWM London, a partnership project with CNN
    © CNN. Stills taken from Life in a Camp at IWM London, a partnership project with CNN
    IWM partners with CNN on new experience revealing what life is really like in a refugee camp

    Created in partnership with CNN, Life in a Camp will utilise the international news network’s pioneering panoramic video newsgathering techniques to deepen visitors’ understanding of the lives of contemporary refugees.

  • IWM places AI border guard in museum spaces and city streets to highlight refugee experiences

    To provide visitors with a unique insight into refugee experiences, IWM will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) as part of a new interactive installation.

  • IWM London installs new Changing Places toilet

    The Changing Places toilet is a safe and accessible space for visitors who are unable to use standard toilets.

  • An interactive display in the Rebel Sounds exhibition at IWM London asks visitors questions
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    Poll reveals 50% of exhibition visitors would risk imprisonment for music

    In spite of recent terrorist activity at music venues in Europe since 2015, an interactive poll of 11,600 responses at IWM has revealed that almost half of respondents would attend a concert even if they knew it would be dangerous.

  • IWM takes over UK public venues to mark 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War

    IWM will share Second World War voices from its unique sound archive on an unprecedented scale, broadcasting them in locations across the UK such as schools, universities, supermarkets, historic landmarks, and transport hubs.

  • Eva Clarke's birth certificate to go on display at IWM London

    The birth certificate of Eva Clarke, one of just three babies born in Mauthausen concentration camp who survived past liberation, will be going on display for the very first time in IWM London’s brand new Holocaust Galleries, opening in 2021.

  • An officer of the 10th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) leads the way out of a sap and is being followed by the party. Note shells bursting in the distance. Near Arras, 24 March 1917.
    Rare personal accounts reveal what life was like in the trenches in 1917

    To mark the UK release of Sir Sam Mendes’ Golden Globe winning and BAFTA nominated First World War epic 1917, IWM releases rarely seen documents, images and personal stories from its First World War collections.

  • 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.

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    German civilians, fleeing the Soviet advance, pick their way across the River Elbe on a partially destroyed railway bridge at Tangermünde, May 1945 © IWM (KY 12151F)
    IWM London exhibition to explore 100 years of refugee experiences

    Refugees: Forced to Flee (2 April - 29 November), a major new exhibition at IWM London, will explore how countless lives have been affected by conflict, from the First World War to the present day.

  • Family mission d-day edition IWM Duxford in progress
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    February half term activities at IWM

    Families can discover the science behind keeping HMS Belfast shipshape, learn how to build the perfect cockpit at IWM Duxford, and speak to eyewitnesses to conflict at IWM North and IWM London.

  • Concept image of new Second World War Galleries at IWM London
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    IWM London Second World War Galleries to display Pearl Harbor wreckage

    IWM will display the first piece of the wreckage of the USS Arizona to leave the United States in new Second World War Galleries, opening in 2021 at IWM London.

  • Still from amateur footage of American Sector in Berlin
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    IWM acquires unseen footage and images of family life in the shadow of the Berlin Wall

    IWM has acquired unseen footage and images showing life in Berlin in the 1960s, just as the city was being divided by the Berlin Wall.

  • Die Mauer by Jock McFadyen
    Die Mauer by Jock McFadyen
    Artworks by Jock McFayden go on permanent display at IWM North

    Christmas in Berlin (1991) and Die Mauer (1991), painted by renowned artist Jock McFadyen, will be going on permanent display at IWM North. This is the first time in over a decade that the paintings have been on public display.

  • IWM acts to preserve secrets of Churchill carpet

    IWM has taken innovative steps to preserve the original carpet and its secrets in the prime minister’s bedroom study in the former Cabinet War Rooms.

  • Portrait of Ai Weiwei
    Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photography by Gao Yuan.
    IWM explores front line experiences of refugees and aid workers through 2020 season

    IWM’s Refugees season will invite visitors to explore refugee experiences throughout history and the 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.

  • Satirical poster depicting UK humanitarian funding to Yemen and sale of UK arms to Saudi Arabia.
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    IWM continues to document Yemen conflict with Darren Cullen artwork acquisition

    A new artwork by artist and political cartoonist Darren Cullen has been acquired by IWM in a collecting effort inspired by the exhibition Yemen: Inside a Crisis, currently on display at IWM North until 26 January 2020. 

  • National Lottery Heritage Fund pledges support towards IWM’s new galleries and national partnership programme for the Second World War and the Holocaust​

    IWM is currently in the second phase of Transforming IWM London, a £30.5 million project which will see IWM London become the first museum in the world to physically and intellectually present the Holocaust narrative within the context of the Second World War. 

  • Archive image (HU 20945) from Guests of the Third Reich
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    First-hand accounts and rarely seen photos reveal the trials and eccentricities of life inside Second World War prisoner of war camps

    80 years on from the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, a new publication from IWM will collate incredible first-person recollections and seldom-seen images to create a comprehensive insight into the British prisoner of war experience in Europe between 1939 and 1945.

  • Peter Ustinov, John Laurie and others in 'The New Lot'
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    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.