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.

Supporting IWM
"Supporting IWM is an honour and a responsibility for us. We all need to remember how history tends to repeat itself, and we all must not forget.” Simon and Midge Palley

FOSTER FUTURE UNDERSTANDING

A school child looks at an exhibit of a concentration camp uniform
© IWM

FOSTER FUTURE UNDERSTANDING

Our new learning programme will give students the chance to have facilitated conversations, interact with our collections, and use innovative technology to reflect on, and find their own answers to, key questions about the Holocaust. IWM will also support teachers, ensuring they are fully equipped to illuminate this challenging period in history for future generations.

By supporting the new galleries, you are directly helping nurture students’ curiosity and enhance their understanding.

Donate Now

Help us keep the first-hand testimony of veterans, eyewitnesses and survivors alive, as the Second World War and the Holocaust passes out of living memory.

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:

  • A family are shown a gas mask at IWM London
    © IWM

    Deliver world-class learning suites to educate future generations on this defining period of the 20th century.

  • A photograph of Wohl family outside of family business
    © IWM A photograph of Wohl family outside of family business

    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.

  • V-1 flying bomb moved

    Carefully manoeuvre collections items such as this V-1 flying bomb into position.

Conserve a Masterpiece

IWM’s paintings conservator Nicoletta Tomassi conserving the painting BATTLE OF BRITAIN by Paul Nash, which will go on display in the Second World War Galleries
© IWM

Conserve a Masterpiece

Support the essential conservation of artworks such as Paul Nash’s Battle of Britain, which brings to life the intense aerial campaign fought between Britain and Germany in the summer of 1940.

Completed in 1941, Nash intended the work to capture an overall impression of this three-month battle rather than one single event. The oil painting will be displayed in the new galleries as a striking visual that illustrates key elements of the aerial campaign. 

Before any of our artworks go on display, conservation is key. Your support of the new galleries ensures that our experts can display paintings in the best possible condition and preserve them for generations of visitors to come.

Stories from our supporters

  • A group of students who work to raise awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides. They are holding individual letters which spell out 'Genocide know more'.
    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.”

  • Sophie Webster's Image of her Grandmother
    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."

Find out more

The Battle For Britain, Ralph Applebaum Associates ©IWM
The Battle For Britain, Ralph Applebaum Associates ©IWM
IWM History
New gallery concepts for IWM's future revealed
Coinciding with the start of commemorations to mark its centenary year IWM has released concept sketches of new Second World War and Holocaust Galleries, to open in 2021, as part of the ongoing transformation of IWM London.
Indian Independence is celebrated in Malaya shortly before the start of the Malayan Emergency. The Indian flag is raised at Klang, Selangor.
Britain And The Commonwealth Since 1945
The End Of The British Empire After The Second World War
After the Second World War, the disintegration of Britain's empire transformed global politics. Before the war, Britain maintained colonies all over the world, which provided valuable raw materials, manpower and strategic bases. By 1945, however, colonies were an expensive liability for Clement Attlee's newly elected Labour government. 
Eva Clarke w/Birth Certificate
Holocaust
Born in a concentration camp: Eva Clarke
Eva Clarke was one of only three babies born in Mauthausen concentration camp who survived past liberation. She was born on 29 April 1945, just a day after the Nazis had destroyed the camp's gas chambers and less than a week before it's liberation.

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