Permanent

IWM London

Free exhibition

The V2 and Spitfire in IWM London's Atrium
© IWM, IWM London, V2 and Spitfire in Atrium

Witnesses to War presents nine important objects from our collection spanning over a century, highlighting IWM's role to tell the stories of conflict. This dramatic display features a Harrier jet and Spitfire plane, suspended above a V-2 rocket. Also on display is a T-34 tank and a 13-Pounder Gun from the First World War which became a memorial for the men who fought with it. Joining them is a Reuters Land Rover damaged by a rocket attack in Gaza.

BAGHDAD CAR

The Baghdad car, damaged in a car bomb attack on the book market at Al-Mutanabbi Street in central Baghdad in 2007
Baghdad car in IWM London's Atrium © IWM

BAGHDAD CAR

This car was destroyed by a suicide car bombing against the Mutanabbi Street book market in Baghdad, at a time of growing sectarian violence, almost four years after the US-led invasion of Iraq. It was later exported from Iraq and exhibited in the Netherlands, before being acquired by British Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller. Deller toured the car across the United States, in company with a former American soldier and an Iraqi expatriate, as a means of starting conversations about Iraq.

It was donated to IWM and has been exhibited in the IWM London Atrium since 2010.

BRITISH SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE MARK Ia

The Spitfire in IWM London's Atrium
Supermarine Spitfire in IWM London's Atrium © IWM

BRITISH SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE MARK Ia

The fighter plane on display flew 57 combat missions during the Battle of Britain in 1940. It was flown by 13 different pilots, only 6 of whom survived the Second World War.