5 December 2020



Ticketing Closed

Join for us for this online event to get behind the scenes at IWM with two of our expert curators, as they discuss their new books and share their experience of diving into the collections.

From the Christmas Truce of 1914 to the wartime paintings of a city under attack, the event will offer fascinating historical detail and a unique insight into the research process.

The event will last 90 minutes, including an opportunity to post questions to the curators.

You will receive a link the day before the event inviting you to the online platform. If you choose to purchase a discounted book with your event ticket you will receive this in the post. Please note that orders for books placed after the 28  November cannot be guaranteed to arrive by the day of the event.


Wartime Christmas

Book cover of Wartime Christmas

Wartime Christmas

Anthony Richards is the Head of Documents and Sound at IWM.

His latest book Wartime Christmas examines how this annual tradition was celebrated during periods of devastating global conflict. It tells the stories of those who experienced the festive period during wartime, drawing upon IWM’s rich archives of personal testimony. Highlights from the book include accounts of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914; tales from prisoners of war putting on their own cabaret shows, and recollections of rationing on the home front and the challenges of scraping together a festive meal or braving the shops during black out.

Wartime London in Paintings

Front cover of Wartime London in Paintings with an artwork showing soldiers in the London Underground

Wartime London in Paintings

Suzanne Bardgett is IWM’s Head of Research.

Wartime London in Paintings is her celebration of both a collection of paintings and a city she has known for many decades. Through immersing herself in the correspondence of the War Artists Advisory Committee, the author shows how 42 artists responded to the visual drama of London under attack, while themselves enduring the privations and uncertainty of war. Some were well known – including Edward Ardizzone, Henry Moore, Duncan Grant and Evelyn Dunbar. Others did not become household names, but supported themselves through their art, whether as painters, teachers, muralists or through commercial work. Nearly all the works are owned by IWM and many are being published for the first time.

Ticket Prices

Online entry plus both books* Online entry plus Wartime in Paintings book* Online entry plus Wartime Christmas book* Online entry only


£36 £25 £21 £10
Can I book tickets on the day?

Tickets can be purchased online up until 3 December at 9pm.

Does the ticket include entry to IWML?

No, this is an online event. However, IWM London is a free museum. We recommend booking a free timed entrance slot when you visit us if you wish to explore other parts of the museum on the day. 

How long does the event last?

The event will last 90 minutes. 

What does the event involve?

During the event our two curators will discuss their new books, research processes, and the experience of delving into the IWM collection. The event will then open up to a Q&A from the audience.

When should I join the online event?

You will receive a link via email on the 4 December, one day before the event. We recommend you are ready to log onto the online event 5 minutes prior to the start time, 3pm. When the event is ready to begin, you will be let in to the virtual event space.

Will this event go ahead in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Currently, the event will go ahead as planned. Please read our response to COVID-19 here.

Will I be able to cancel or refund my ticket?
  • All tickets or reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please read our response to the COVID-19 pandemic regarding the cancellation of the event by IWM following government advice. If current COVID-19 advice changes and the event is cancelled, customers will be given the option to refund or donate their ticket price to IWM. As a charity, your support matters now more than ever. 

IWM reserves the right to make any changes or alterations to the event times, location or content of the event to ensure you have a safe, unique and excellent experience.