Overview
To mark the Battle of Britain 80th anniversary, IWM is working with partners to proactively loan from its rich art collection for the first time.
Project Partners

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth, Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston, The Collection in Lincoln and Touchstones Rochdale

With Art Fund support, we are working with four unique partners to display and share works from our collections, and explore different perspectives on the Second World War.

Sea, Land, Air and Home: Art of the Second World War at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth explored local Second World War stories through the work of the War Artist Advisory Committee. Rediscover the exhibition on Art UK.

Art of the Second World War: Commemorating 80 years since the Battle of Britain at The Harris, Preston, brings together Preston war stories, a new sculpture by artist Anthony Padgett, and rarely seen works from the Harris and IWM . Discover the exhibition on Art UK, hear people from the Preston area share their stories of the conflict and take part in activities with The Harris.

The Collection, Lincoln have created an online exhibition learning project in response to the anniversary, bringing together works from IWM, The Collection and Usher Gallery. Discover the exhibition and take part in an online poetry workshop here, with more content released weekly. The Collection have collaborated with young people from the Creative Collective to produce reflections on selected works, including essays, films and audio plays. Discover their responses at Flying into Action.

In Spring 2021 Touchstones Rochdale will be the final venue to display the works. Sign up to IWM’s e-news and follow us on social media to find out when the display will open.

Discover the Artworks

  • An Aerial Battle by Francis Dodd, 1940
    © IWM Art.IWM ART LD 485

    ‘An Aerial Battle’ by Francis Dodd

  • Seated portrait of Squadron Leader G L Denholm in uniform wearing a flying jacket and a red and white striped cravat.
    © IWM Art.IWM ART LD 783

    ‘Squadron Leader G L Denholm, DFC’ by Thomas Cantrell Dugdale

  • Surreal image of a skeletal mammoth with military aircraft wings and ships' rigging
    Art.IWM ART 17748

    ‘Untitled’ by Eileen Agar

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