Join our expert guides for an insightful tour of the award-winning First World War Galleries at IWM London.
Learn about the story of the First World War – how it started, why it continued, the events leading to its conclusion and its global impact – through the lives of those who experienced it on both the front line and the home front.
IWM expert guides draw on our unparalleled First World War collections – the richest and most comprehensive in the world, to give you an in depth look at the events that shook the world over a century ago.
About the tour
This tour uses headsets to ensure you can hear your guide clearly throughout the galleries. Tours last approx. 60 minutes. Although our guides will try to be inclusive of all ages, this tour is most suitable for children aged 8 and above.
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Naval BL 5.5-inch Gun
This gun was fired during the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval engagement of the First World War. It was manned by the youngest recipient of the Victoria Cross, a 16-year-old, Jack Cornwell. Learn why he was awarded this most prestigious gallantry medal and why the Battle of Jutland is claimed as a victory by both sides.
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The Signing of Peace in the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, 28th June 1919
This room, with 357 glass mirrors, the most famous in France, was where the German’s crowned their victorious Emperor in 1871. The French wanted the German delegation to sign the Treaty of Versailles in the same room 48 years later. William Orpen, unimpressed by the attitude of the Allied victors, deliberately painted them as small men beneath a giant sea of glass.