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For the first time ever, travel through all five of Imperial War Museums' iconic branches in one virtual tour as our experts take you on an exploration of our most fascinating collections items. 

- Housing the underground nerve centre where the British government directed the Second World War, Churchill War Rooms is a place of huge historic importance. Get a glimpse of rooms preserved in time, including some long-forgotten sugar cubes left behind by one of the residents of the Map Room, where the latest military intelligence was received, plotted and summarised for the Prime Minister.  

- Highlights from IWM Duxford include the unique survivor, Spitfire Mk.I N3200. Flying with 19 Squadron from Duxford, N3200 was shot down and crash landed on a beach, sinking into the sand and eventually recovered over 45 years later. Hear the story of this combat veteran’s subsequent restoration to flying condition and the crucial role played by Spitfires in the summer of 1940.

- From IWM London, uncover stories behind objects such as the ‘Baghdad car’, the remains of a vehicle destroyed in a car bomb attack in central Baghdad in 2007. The street the explosion happened on was one that sold books – no coincidence, as the attack was incredibly effective in weakening the academic spirit of the area.

- Curious objects from IWM North include the Webley revolver belonging to 2nd Lieutenant JRR Tolkien, who was sent to France in June 1916 shortly before the Battle of the Somme.

- HMS Belfast, nicknamed ‘Tiddly B’ by her crew (meaning tidy or looking neat), is the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship. Learn about objects like the ‘Battles Board’ – the equivalent of medals worn by veterans – marked with all the major engagements HMS Belfast was involved in.

Your IWM guide will tell the story live on Crowdcast, with tours lasting approximately 60 minutes plus 30 minutes of Q&A.

Imperial War Museums is the largest museum of war and conflict in the world.  

The museums tell the story of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War.  

Our unique collections, made up of the everyday and the exceptional, reveal stories of people, places, ideas and events.  

Using these, we tell vivid personal stories and create powerful physical experiences across our five museums that reflect the realities of war as both a destructive and creative force.  

We challenge people to look at conflict from different perspectives, enriching their understanding of the causes, course and consequences of war and its impact on people’s lives. 


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The Spitfire: A Virtual Tour


25 Apr