From spies to submarines and life on the Home Front, Imperial War Museums is bringing history into the homes of families across the world, sharing unique and personal stories from our extraordinary collections.

Adventures in History 

Discover fascinating stories about people who lived through extraordinary events in Adventures in History,



Ever wondered what life would be like as a crew member aboard a Navy ship? Join IWM expert Ngaire this week as she helps us discover the extraordinary stories from the deck of the largest object in IWM’s collection, HMS Belfast.

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More Adventures in History

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Life Under The Sea

Our special guest, Ed from the Royal Navy, is interviewed by CBBC presenter Ben Shires. Ed will tell us all about what it’s like to work on a submarine and spend months living deep beneath the waves.
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Art, History

Painting Life

Join IWM experts Becky and Paris as they share real life stories of artists, and the invaluable role they played during the Second World War.  

Family Mission

Take on a Family Mission to build your skills and have fun together. 

FAMILY MISSION: Throwback Games

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FAMILY MISSION: Throwback Games

Our We Were There team have shared some of the games they enjoyed playing in the 1940s.

Join Ben Shires for this week's Family Mission and learn to play the games yourself!

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Take a Family Mission

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Family Mission: Mystery Messages

Discover your secret code name and use invisible ink to create your top secret ID card!

Learning Resources

Want more? Check out our Learning Resources to explore topics from art to aviation. 

Don’t Do It, Mother – Leave The Children Where They Are
© IWM (Art.IWM PST 8235)

Second World War Posters

Use these sources to understand more about propaganda poster campaigns, and the artists behind them, during the Second World War.
'Over The Top'. 1st Artists' Rifles at Marcoing, 30th December 1917 by John Nash
© IWM (Art.IWM ART 1656)
Art, History

British Art of the First World War

Use these sources to discover more about art during the First World War. For ideas to help you use these sources, take a look at our Suggested Activities.
The Cemetery, Étaples, 1919 by John Lavery
© IWM (Art.IWM ART 2884)

Remembrance in the First World War

Use these sources to find out about Remembrance during the First World War.

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IWM Membership

Become an IWM Member

Help tell the stories that deserve to be heard by supporting us as a member. Uncover a host of benefits including free standard admission to Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast and IWM Duxford.
An interwar Earl Haig Fund 'Remembrance Day' poppy
© IWM (EPH 2313)

Support us

Discover the many ways you can support our historically important sites and world-leading collection.
A Balloon Site, Coventry
© IWM (ART LD 2750)

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