War and the Mind

Second World War propaganda poster. 'Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory'.
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‘Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution’, Ministry of Information poster, 1939

IWM London, 27 September 2024 – 27 April 2025 

Through IWM’s collections and groundbreaking UKRI research projects, War and the Mind will invite visitors to consider war through a psychological prism.  

Conflicts thrive on solidarity and division, a sense of ‘us’ against ‘them’. On the frontline, war is an assault upon the senses. Going into battle can feel terrifying, or thrilling. Camaraderie and cohesion can buoy the will to ‘keep going’ in the most extreme environments, but both come under relentless stress. For civilians caught up in war’s turmoil, unrelenting hardships threaten resilience and security. 

Exhausted populations must be encouraged to endure if a war is to be won. In the end, war’s mental consequences can prove devastating. This major exhibition will shine a light on these many and varied psychological dimensions to war and conflict.

War and the Mind is supported by UK Research and Innovation through the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  

Storyteller: Photography by Tim Hetherington

A man sits with his back to a pale pink wall. He is wearing a green print jacket. His hand is resting against his head, his elbow on a flat green surface. On this surface sits a hand grende.
Tim Hetherington, © IWM DC 64010
Storyteller: Photography by Tim Hetherington at IWM London presents an exhibition of the celebrated conflict photographer’s most engaging work.

IWM London, 20 April – 29 September 2024    

From a full archive of his work now held by IWM, Storyteller: Photography by Tim Hetherington will, for the first time, bring together aspects of conflict photographer Tim Hetherington’s personal experiences and perspective alongside his most engaging projects. 

Opening at IWM London on the 13th anniversary of his death while covering the Libyan Civil War (2011), this exhibition will feature photography and film from across his career, including his projects in Liberia, Afghanistan and Libya. 

The exhibition will feature photographs and objects that have never been displayed in public before, including Hetherington’s camera and an interactive version of the diary used for his final work in Libya.

 

Northern Ireland: Living with the Troubles

Barbed wire fence across a terraced street to mark division between republican and loyalist areas of Belfast during The Troubles.
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View of a hastily constructed barbed wire fence that runs across a terraced street to mark a dividing line between republican and neighbouring loyalist areas of Belfast, Northern Ireland during The Troubles in April 1972.

IWM North, 22 March – 29 September 2024 

Following its inaugural run at IWM London in 2023, Northern Ireland: Living with the Troubles opens at IWM North in March 2024.

The Troubles engulfed Northern Ireland in conflict for nearly 30 years. It was – and remains – a contentious period, with roots going back centuries. A fragile ceasefire was signed in 1998, yet many aspects of the conflict remain unresolved to this day and are highly contested by those who experienced and participated in them.  

The exhibition will invite visitors to explore the Troubles through the multiple perspectives of individuals affected by the conflict within Northern Ireland.

 

 

80th Anniversary of D-Day

Commandos dressed in uniform wading through water as they land on a beach carrying weapons and equipment. Behind them, ladders leading down from their landing craft are visible.
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Commandos of HQ 4th Special Service Brigade, coming ashore from LCI(S) landing craft on Nan Red beach, Juno area, at St Aubin-sur-Mer, 6 June 1944. © IWM (B 5218)

Across IWM, Spring 2024 

On D-Day, 6 June 1944, the Allies unleashed the largest combined naval, air and land operation in history.

 Thousands of troops landed along the coast of Normandy, in German-occupied France, marking the beginning of the long campaign to liberate Europe from Nazi domination. 

IWM will mark the 80th anniversary of this momentous undertaking with a range of events and family activities. 
 

Churchill 2024

Winston Churchill sits at a desk, his body slightly angled towards the camera.
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Cecil Beaton portrait of Winston Churchill at his seat in the Cabinet Room at No 10 Downing Street, London.

IWM London and Churchill War Rooms, November 2024 – February 2025 

IWM will be marking both 150 years since the birth of Winston Churchill and 40 years since Churchill War Rooms opened to the public in 2024. 

At IWM London, a new exhibition, Churchill in Cartoons, will offer visitors a snapshot of Churchill’s representation in cartoons through a unique display of 20 original framed cartoon artworks. 

With cartoons representing different events throughout Churchill’s long life and political career, visitors will gain an engaging insight into how Churchill was perceived throughout his career, and how political cartoons can both shape, and are shaped by, the public opinion of a particular time.  

At Churchill War Rooms join us for a series of tours, talks, special events and a screening of The Darkest Hour. 

IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund

The IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund, IWM’s national partnership programme of over 20 artist commissions inspired by the heritage of conflict, will see three major commissions open in 2024. 

  • Cathy Wilkes at The Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow

    May – October 2024 

    This IWM 14-18 NOW major commission, in partnership with The Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow, will see Glasgow-based artist and Great Britain representative at the 2019 Venice Biennale, Cathy Wilkes, present a new body of work. 

    The project will allow Wilkes an extended period of reflection on questions of war, conflict and violence. 

  • Chila Burman at IWM North

    IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund, Autumn 
    At IWM North, a major new commission by artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman MBE will respond to local and global legacies of twentieth-century conflict. 

    Burman, celebrated for her radical feminist and multimedia practice, is commissioned as part of the IWM 14-18 Now Legacy Fund. 
     

  • Out of this World - Heather Phillipson at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea

    IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund, June – November 2024 
    This IWM 14-18 NOW major commission, in partnership with Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea, will see 2022 Turner Prize nominee Heather Phillipson present Out of this World. 

    Opening in June 2024, Phillipson plots a sequence of sonic and atmospheric conditions that conjure airspace, aerospace and outer space, creating what she calls ‘a visual and acoustic fog’. 

Flying Season 2024

Crowd at Duxford Flying Finale
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IWM Duxford, May – October 2024 

IWM Duxford’s 2024 Flying Programme will be back and bigger than ever next year with a series of uniquely themed Flying Days, Flying Evening and Flying Finale on various dates throughout May to October and our two annual Air Shows. 

The Duxford Summer Air Show, taking place on 1 – 2 June, will commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Britain Air Show will take place on 14 and 15 September. 

Both weekend events will feature an array of entertaining ground content and, of course, our signature aerial displays.

 

More events

  • IWM Institute

    IWM London and Online, spring 2024
    The third IWM Institute Annual Lecture will take place in Spring 2024 at IWM London, discussing and exploring solutions to the pressing conflict-related issues of today. 

    The Conflict of Interest podcast will also return for a new series. IWM curators will join celebrity guests as they unpack some of the world's most complicated conflicts. This new series will focus on IWM’s newly opened Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries.
     

  • New Big Picture Show

    IWM North, June 2024  
    IWM will launch a brand-new Big Picture Show at IWM North exploring the lives of young people living through the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. 

    IWM North’s award-winning 360-degree cinematic shows use surround sound, projected digital moving images and photographs to create a moving sensory experience.  
     

  • Podcast Festival

    IWM London and Churchill War Rooms, 19 October 2024 
    For the first time, IWM will present its Podcast Festival, where renowned history and politics podcasts will be invited to deliver live recordings, talks and panel discussions.  
     

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A Spitfire PR Mk XI, in D-Day invasion stripes, flies over green hills.
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