Help tell the stories that matter
Help tell the stories that matter
A study of 8,000 English secondary school pupils showed that 63% of young people did not know what the term ‘antisemitism’ meant (Centre for Holocaust Education, 2016). It’s as urgent now as any time to increase the public understanding of the Second World War and Holocaust.
IWM London’s transformation will make it the first museum in the world to house dedicated Second World War and Holocaust galleries under the same roof, changing the way young people understand the past for generations to come.
Over the last year, IWM has suffered a dramatic loss of revenue through the closure of our venues. Thanks to a very generous group of supporters we have almost managed to reach our funding target to make these galleries available to current and future audiences. Now is your opportunity to make a contribution at whatever amount you can and help us achieve our funding goal.
As a charity, IWM needs your help to make these dynamic and innovative galleries a reality.
Help us keep history alive
Your valued donation will directly help us tell the personal stories of the Second World War and the Holocaust, and ensure our team of experts can:
Deliver world-class learning suites to educate future generations on this defining period of the 20th century.
Display the personal belongings of people like the Wohl family, who were torn apart and never reunited by the Nazi persecution of Jewish communities and the outbreak of the Second World War.
Carefully manoeuvre collections items such as this V-1 flying bomb into position.
Stories from our supporters
Students raising funds
A message from Genocide80Twenty – a group of students who work in their spare time to raise awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides:
“With the rise of antisemitism and Holocaust denial in this country and around the world we know how important education about the Holocaust is. That is why our school group, ‘Genocide80Twenty’, decided to write a book about it for our peers. Many of us in our group had been to the current Holocaust exhibition at IWM in previous years and know the impact that our visits had on us. Holocaust survivors will sadly not be with us to educate the next generation of young people and so we think that having superb museums to help young people understand the history of the Holocaust is absolutely vital. That is why we have decided to support the new Holocaust Galleries with the proceeds of our book.”
A message from Sophia Webster
"This Holocaust Memorial Day I donated 20% of all full-price sales from sophiawebster.com to IWM’s Holocaust Galleries. This donation is in loving memory of my wonderful Grandma, Ruth Webster née Steindler, a Czech Jewish refugee who fled Nazi-occupied Prague aged 7. Arriving in London, she had to learn a new language and adopt a new culture, living with strangers. She was reunited with her mother but never saw her father again. Grandma never forgot her homeland but was forever grateful to have escaped the Holocaust and be given the opportunity to grow up and belong in a new country.
Imperial War Museum London was very close to my Grandma’s heart, having worked there as an educator for many years sharing her story as a young Holocaust survivor to the schools who visited. She passionately dedicated her life to teaching young people about the dangerous consequences of persecution, discrimination and hate."