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Churchill War Rooms

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The Beating Heart of the War Rooms

View of the Map Room at Churchill War Rooms
IWM SITE CWR 567

The Beating Heart of the War Rooms

The Map Room was in use 24 hours a day, it was here that vital information for King George VI, Prime Minister Churchill and the armed forces was collated. It was constantly staffed by one officer from each the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

Walk through the rooms that once had strictly limited access, notice the tiny pinholes and markers left behind on the map walls and read the reports and charts depicting information from Women in Service to Deaths in Britain.

Highlights

  • V for Victory Clock Map Room
    IWM
    V for Victory

    Notice on one of the clocks in the map room that a worker celebrated the end of the war by drawing a square around the V on the face of the clock.

  • Scramble Telephone
    IWM
    Scrambled Messages

    Look out for the black telephone with a green handle. It provided private telephone exchanges to the outside world and served anyone else trying to listen in with white noise.

  • Maps with holes made by pins
    Thursday 16 August

    Left almost exactly as it did at the end of the war, you will see the calendar date displayed in the Map Room marks the last time the War Rooms were used – the day after Victory in Japan.

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