Until 5 January 2020

IWM London

Free

Some events will be ticketed. Check event page for more information.

Culture Under Attack is a season of three free exhibitions, live music, performances and talks at IWM London that explore how war threatens not just people’s lives, but also the things that help define us. Telling stories spanning 100 years, Culture Under Attack reveals why some try to erase or exploit culture, while others risk everything to protect, celebrate and rebuild it.

Exhibition

What remains

Exhibition

What remains

Until 5 January 2020
IWM London
Curated in partnership with Historic England, What Remains explores why culture and heritage is attacked during war. 
Photograph showing the ravaging effects of the Baedeker raids on the cathedral city of Exeter in 1942
Photograph showing the ravaging effects of the Baedeker raids on the cathedral city of Exeter in 1942 © Historic England
Exhibition

Art in Exile

Exhibition

Art in Exile

Until 5 January 2020
IWM London
Starting with IWM’s own story, Art in Exile uncovers how cultural treasures in British museums and galleries were evacuated and protected during the Second World War.
Paul Nash's painting The Ypres Salient at Night
The Ypres Salient at Night, 1918 © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1145)
Exhibition

Rebel Sounds

Exhibition

Rebel Sounds

Until 5 January 2020
IWM London
Be immersed in Rebel Sounds, which reveals how groups and individuals used music to resist, revel and speak out against war and oppression. 
Radio presenters in studio of Radio B52 in Serbia
Serbian station Radio B92 © Goran Basaric

Also happening this season

IWM London

Rebel Sounds Live

IWM London

Rebel Sounds Live

A free series of live interventions and discussions with musicians and activists who have risked their lives for culture in times of war, exile and censorship.
The Serbian DJ and music journalist, Tijana T in Belgrade
© Sever Žolak
Talk

Culture Under Attack Symposium

Talk

Culture Under Attack Symposium

7 September 2019
IWM London
Why do some people seek to destroy culture and what impact does this have? Join us to discuss the issues with artists, academics, journalists and policy-makers at IWM London.  
Temple of Bel
© Hassan Blal / Alamy Stock Photo

The third annual IWM Remembrance Lecture will bring together artists, experts, eyewitnesses and the public to discuss cultural memory and its physical protection and preservation in conflict zones. 

Breaking the Silence, on Remembrance Sunday, will see IWM London taken over by a new performance exploring culture, identity and conflict, created by young artists.

Other event highlights include a discussion on the Syrian Stonemasonry Training Programme as part of London Craft Week, led by World Monuments Fund Britain, and an IWM Institute panel discussion at Hay Festival.

Art And Design

Culture Under Attack

Art And Design

Culture Under Attack

Discover more about the stories and themes explored in Culture Under Attack, a free season of exhibitions and events at IWM London. 
An Anderson shelter standing intact amid a scene of debris in Norwich.
© IWM (HU 36196)

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