2024 at Imperial War Museums

Imperial War Museums shares news of its upcoming programme for 2024, which includes a major new exhibition exploring the psychology of conflict.

IWM will invite visitors to rethink war through a psychological lens with War and the Mind, a major exhibition exploring the perceptions, methods of persuasion, and mental consequences of war and conflict.

Storyteller: Photography by Tim Hetherington at IWM London will present an exhibition of the celebrated conflict photographer’s most engaging work. 

2024 will see a rich programme of exhibitions, an exciting line-up of events, and poignant anniversaries marked by incredible stories.

Discover the full 2024 programme at IWM

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  • Princess Elizabeth, a 2nd Subaltern in the ATS standing in front of an ambulance.
    © IWM TR 2832

    The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at IWM

    Marking the Platinum Jubilee this spring, IWM announces a programme that explores the role of The Royal Family in conflict, tracing The Queen’s personal experience of war through poignant items in IWM’s collections.

  • New displays at IWM North

    New displays featuring never-before-exhibited objects to open at IWM North to mark 20 years since opening.

  • IWM Statement on Breaking the Silence

    Statement issued March 2022.

  • Actor Russell Tovey stands beside a piece of Berlin Wall on display outside IWM London

    Eddie Izzard and Katherine Parkinson to feature in new Cold War series of the IWM Institute’s Conflict of Interest podcast

    Following its successful debut in 2021, the IWM Institute is pleased to announce a second series of Conflict of Interest, the podcast that brings together IWM curators and conflict experts with celebrity guests.

  • Falklands Conflict

    From 2 April 2022, Imperial War Museums will mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict.

  • New Art, Film and Photography Galleries at IWM London

     Imperial War Museums is building new art, film and photography galleries at IWM London, opening to the public in late 2023.

  • IWM Live

    IWM Live is a new all-day event especially for people who love history. Join us at IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire on Saturday 11 June

  • New series of hardback editions from Imperial War Museums showcase the very best of its photography collection

    This year IWM will celebrate this rich collection, publishing a series of four new hardback books each showcasing fifty of its most well known and interesting photography on different themes.

  • Flying Season 2022

    Fill your calendar with sky-high entertainment in 2022. Featuring two Air Shows, six Flying Days and two special events.

  • © Ander McIntyre. Professor Margaret MacMillan.
    © Ander McIntyre. Professor Margaret MacMillan.

    IWM Institute 2022 Annual Lecture

    Professor Margaret MacMillan will explore the impact of conflict on society as part of the IWM Institute’s first in-person Annual Lecture.

  • Spitfire floodlit against a dark backdrop artwork
    © IWM

    Spitfire: Evolution of an Icon

    Imperial War Museums' exhibition to display largest collection of Spitfires under one roof.

  • IWM 2022

    IWM will open a major video games exhibition, mark significant Cold War anniversaries and celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee as part of our 2022 programme.

  • A man and teenager look at the IWM North Poppies


    Iconic poppy sculptures make permanent homecoming to IWM North this Remembrance.

  • Visitors in the Second World War Galleries at IWM London

    Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries

    Unseen objects, untold stories and unheard voices: Imperial War Museums’ ground-breaking new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries open.

  • Visitors look at a photograph of Sigi Ciffer in the Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors exhibition

    Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors

    New portraits of Holocaust survivors by leading contemporary photographers displayed at IWM London.

  • HMS Belfast 50th anniversary

    Saved for the Nation: HMS Belfast celebrates 50 years since its arrival on the River Thames.

  • Churchill’s Cocktails

    Imperial War Museums serve up highballs with a dash of history in new Churchill’s Cocktails recipe book.

  • HMS Belfast reopening

    Restored, refreshed and reopening: HMS Belfast will welcome visitors back on board from 8 July 2021 with enhanced exhibition spaces and new experiences.

  • IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund

    Imperial War Museums harnesses the legacy of 14-18 NOW, making £2 million available to artists and cultural organisations for new art commissions in 2021.

  • 9/11: Twenty Years On

    Imperial War Museums (IWM) marks 20 years since the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States and explore its complex global legacy.

  • A Médecins Sans Frontières Land Cruiser in Aid Workers Exhibition
    © IWM

    IWM North puts decision making at the forefront of aid workers exhibition

    Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire, extended until 24 September 2021 at IWM North, highlights the practical, emotional and ethical challenges faced by aid workers on the front lines of conflict zones. 

  • © IWM, Ai Weiwei, History of Bombs 2020
    © IWM, Ai Weiwei, History of Bombs 2020

    Ai Weiwei takes over Imperial War Museums’ iconic Atrium as part of Refugees season

    Forming part of its 2020-2021 programme, IWM has commissioned a new site-specific artwork by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei. History of Bombs is on display at IWM London until 5 September 2021.

  • 2021 at Imperial War Museums: landmark openings, brand new exhibitions and extraordinary experiences across five branches

    IWM reveals its upcoming programme for 2021, including a rich and varied series of exhibitions, events and landmark new openings across all five of IWM’s branches.

    © John Keane (IWM GLF 174)

    New virtual festival sees comedians, actors, journalists and activists come together to explore refugee experiences as a consequence of conflict

    Forming part of IWM’s Refugees season, Refugee Nights is a virtual festival created by the IWM Institute, marking its launch in November 2020. Over three nights, the festival will explore refugees’ stories throughout history through talks, eyewitness accounts, music and food, celebrating refugees’ rich and important cultural contributions to UK public life.

  • 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.

  • Archive image (HU 20945) from Guests of the Third Reich
    (c) IWM HU 20945

    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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Die Mauer by Jock McFadyen showing a section of the Berlin Wall covered in colourful graffiti. There is a bright orange sun on the top right hand side of the painting.
    © 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.

  • Still from amateur footage of American Sector in Berlin
    ©IWM (HU 140214)

    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.

  • Concept image of new Second World War Galleries at IWM London
    © IWM

    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.

  • Family taking part in Family mission d-day edition under a Lancaster bomber at IWM Duxford

    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.

  • Collections image of refugees
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • An interactive display in the Rebel Sounds exhibition at IWM London asks visitors questions
    © IWM

    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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ohka kamikaze aircraft is suspended in IWM London atrium
    © IWM

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.