IWM London

Free exhibition

Visitor in the First World War Galleries

Discover the story of the First World War through the eyes of the British people and the Empire, both on the home front and the fighting fronts. On display are over 1,300 objects from IWM’s collections including weapons, uniforms, diaries,  keepsakes, film and art. Each object on display gives a voice to the people who created them, used them or cared for them, and reveals stories not only of destruction, suffering and loss, but also endurance and innovation, duty and devotion, comradeship and love.

Fighting fronts

Visitors in the First World War Galleries

Fighting fronts

See how the war started, why it continued, how the Allies won and its impact on people’s lives across the globe. Walk through a recreated trench with a Sopwith Camel plane swooping low overhead as a Mark V Tank looms above you.

The Battle of the Somme

Battle of the Somme © IWM Q70164
Battle of the Somme © IWM Q70164

The Battle of the Somme

One of the most bitterly contested and costly battles of the First World War, lasting nearly five months, the Battle of the Somme (1 July - 18 November 1916) was a joint operation between British and French forces intended to achieve a decisive victory over the Germans on the Western Front. For many in Britain, the resulting battle remains the most painful and infamous episode of the First World War. Learn more

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