Go behind-the-scenes at IWM


Secrets of the Imperial War Museum is a six-part documentary series exploring all five of IWM's branches. See how we care for the incredible objects in our collection, find out what it takes to organise a spectacular air show and discover the stories behind some of the powerful objects going on display in our new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries. 

New episode every Friday at 7pm from 26 November on Channel 5. Watch it back on My5.




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  • Visitors explore the Atrium at IWM London, looking up at the Supermarine Spitfire suspended from the ceiling.
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    Episode Guide

    Learn more about the stories featured in each episode of the show.

  • Visitors exploring the Second World War exhibition
    Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries at IWM London

    The series captures the final months of development of IWM’s ground-breaking new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries at IWM London.

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    Visit us

    Find out more about our five branches, which include an historic airfield, an underground complex and a warship moored on the River Thames.


Family Membership of IWM


The incredible objects featured in Secrets of the Imperial War Museum are just a fraction of what we have on display at our five sites.

IWM members help preserve our world-leading collections for future generations. As a thank you, members enjoy unlimited free entry to Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast and IWM Duxford – plus much more. 

Join today via the link below, or buy gift membership for the history lover in your life this Christmas. 

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More Stories from IWM

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More Stories from IWM

IWM Stories is a video series from Imperial War Museums that tackles the big conflict questions that you want answered, from First World War tanks to Churchill's election disaster.

We're sharing a brand new IWM Story on our YouTube Channel every fortnight, so make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode. 

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IWM Shop

Inspired by our collections and people’s stories of war, all profits from our online shop go directly back into IWM’s work, recording and sharing the stories of those who have lived, fought and died in conflict since 1914.