Imperial War Museum London

Imperial War Museum London IWM London tells the stories of people’s experiences of modern war and conflict. IWM London tells the stories of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day.
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26/10/2020

Psst! Can you keep a secret? CBBC Secret Agent Ben Shires is here with a top-secret Family Mission message for you…

All details are strictly classified so report back here on Wednesday for your mission briefing at 11:00 AM sharp!

24/10/2020
DORA: Daylight Savings.mp4

The clocks go back on Sunday, but did you know that it's thanks to the First World War?

In the final episode of our series on the Defence of the Realm Act, curator Chloe Bowerbank explains why daylight savings was introduced during the First World War.

Spotted! This half term weekend you'll find spies lurking around our galleries on the look out for new recruits. If you ...
24/10/2020

Spotted! This half term weekend you'll find spies lurking around our galleries on the look out for new recruits. If you can find the spies then you'll be enrolled into a spy training programme.

Think you have what it takes? Book your tickets for tomorrow here: http://ow.ly/RrWQ50C1Bts

23/10/2020

“Art offers a poetic way of looking at something so horrid”

Artist Indrė Šerpytytė has transformed the journeys of individual refugees across the Mediterranean into constellations. Find out more & see the artwork on display at IWM London: bit.ly/indre-constellations #IWMRefugees

This October half term we're looking for new operatives for our spy school. Be prepared to be put to the test as we send...
22/10/2020

This October half term we're looking for new operatives for our spy school. Be prepared to be put to the test as we send you on a secret mission. You'll need to crack codes and master the art of disguise… will you make the cut?

Practise your spy skills in advance with this Family Mission: http://ow.ly/YTq550BW4Gh

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Imperial War Museum London's cover photo
21/10/2020

Imperial War Museum London's cover photo

21/10/2020

We live in an age of information overload. Are you getting the full story? The IWM Institute is an innovation hub, working with experts to explore the most pressing contemporary conflicts through the lens of history. Launching 17 Nov - find out more: http://bit.ly/iwm-institute

20/10/2020
America First? U.S. Global Leadership and the 2020 Election

Under President Trump we've seen a change in U.S. foreign policy encapsulated in the slogan ‘America First’. But just how radical is this change, considered in the context of America's pre-Second World War isolationism?

Join Leslie Vinjamuri, head of the US & Americas programme at Chatham House, Washington Post’s Brian Klaas and historian Sarah Churchwell, alongside BBC Newsnight’s Mark Urban for an IWM-hosted discussion on one of the most important issues in global politics and its historical context.

Register your space now for this free online talk. Part of Hindsight in 2020 by IWM Institute. https://bit.ly/2ThHS6F

19/10/2020

Join us this weekend at IWM London for our October half term spy school! Click here for more details: http://ow.ly/HRe050BW2Yx

CBBC Presenter Ben Shires will also be setting a special spy challenge online next week… so keep your eyes peeled!

Evelyn Clarisse Martin-Johnson was one of around 150,000 black American troops who came to Britain during the Second Wor...
16/10/2020

Evelyn Clarisse Martin-Johnson was one of around 150,000 black American troops who came to Britain during the Second World War. She served in Birmingham in 1945 as a postal clerk, and recalls that the British “treated us royally”. Yet despite positive memories such as Evelyn’s, the experiences of many black Americans in the UK were marked with prejudice. Read on: https://bit.ly/30pr95m #BlackHistoryMonth

Image courtesy of Evelyn Clarisse Martin-Johnson

15/10/2020
DORA: Weird Laws.mp4

Banned from whistling and carrying binoculars?

In the third episode of our series on the Defence of the Realm Act, curator Chloe Bowerbank looks at some of the weird and wonderful laws that governed life during the First World War.

14/10/2020

A Darth Vader helmet and some Saddam Hussein loo roll?

Senior Curator Chris Cooper takes us through his top five objects in a new Contemporary Conflict display case at IWM North.

Plan your visit: https://bit.ly/2IqNtpi

Rudolph Dunbar, London Correspondent for the Associated Negro Press, shares a cigarette with Claud Golding from the Even...
13/10/2020

Rudolph Dunbar, London Correspondent for the Associated Negro Press, shares a cigarette with Claud Golding from the Evening Standard in the MOI press room. Born in British Guiana, Dunbar moved to London in his twenties as a jazz musician and became the first black man to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1932, he worked for the Associated Negro Press as a journalist, and during the Second World War, he wrote as a war correspondent for the American press, including going over to Europe with the US Army on D-Day. #BlackHistoryMonth

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12/10/2020

“I think there are many refugees who experienced the same conflicts and struggles I did.” Habib is an Afghan refugee who came to the UK as an unaccompanied child asylum seeker, but despite his struggle he says that he found kindness everywhere. This animation by PositiveNegatives and Becoming Adult tells Habib's story, and now features in the Forced to Flee exhibition at IWM London. Watch in full: bit.ly/dear-habib #IWMRefugees

This remarkable series of colour photos shows paratroopers in training at Netheravon in Wiltshire during October, 1942.S...
10/10/2020

This remarkable series of colour photos shows paratroopers in training at Netheravon in Wiltshire during October, 1942.

See more from this photo series in the IWM Collection: http://ow.ly/SUpc50BL1kF

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08/10/2020
DORA: Censorship.mp4

Is censorship ever justifiable?

In episode two of our series on the Defence of the Realm Act, curator Chloe Bowerbank explains how the British government censored its own citizens during the First World War.

07/10/2020
Our Stories: Battle of Britain, Eileen O'Sullivan

In our final short film to mark #BattleofBritain80, we’ve teamed up with War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network (SSN) member The Royal Air Force Museum, London to share Eileen’s story of the London Blitz.

With many thanks to film production teams at Squeaky Pedal & Frwlx

What horrors would force you to leave everything behind? The Refugees season at IWM London allows you to come face-to-fa...
06/10/2020

What horrors would force you to leave everything behind?

The Refugees season at IWM London allows you to come face-to-face with the people behind the headlines. Discover why ordinary people make the extraordinary decision to flee.

Book your free ticket for Refugees: Forced to Flee on our website: https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-london

When war broke out in 1914, Britain looked to the West Indies for volunteers in the fight against Germany. Thousands of ...
05/10/2020

When war broke out in 1914, Britain looked to the West Indies for volunteers in the fight against Germany. Thousands of West Indian young men came forward and the first of nine contingents of soldiers arrived in Britain in the autumn of 1915. The British West Indies Regiment (BWIR) was formally established in November 1915, and by the end of the war more than 15,000 men from the West Indies had seen active service. Here are troops of the West Indies Regiment in camp on the Albert - Amiens road, September 1916. Read on: bit.ly/32VhMMv #BlackHistoryMonth

04/10/2020
Trench Life: Break out.mp4

The Western Front was a stalemate for 4 years, so how did the Allies manage to break the trench deadlock?

Curator Alan Wakefield explains how new tactics and technologies came together to end trench warfare.

See the full film here: https://youtu.be/9E7xYLv8N2E

01/10/2020
DORA: Foreign Nationals.mp4

Thousands of ordinary lives turned upside down.

In this first episode of our series on the Defence of the Realm Act, curator Chloe Bowerbank explains DORA's impact on foreign nationals living in the UK.

Imperial War Museum London's cover photo
30/09/2020

Imperial War Museum London's cover photo

29/09/2020
Shorsh Saleh: The Work Part 1

“I wish I didn't have a political issue in my life, so I could just paint a nice flower”

Artist Shorsh Saleh explains his work in Refugees: Forced to Flee, which is based on his journey from Iraqi Kurdistan to the UK.

Find out more about Refugees: Forced to Flee: https://bit.ly/forced_to_flee

Announcing our online exclusive deal of the week!Every week we will be bringing a 25% off deal to our online shop. Check...
29/09/2020

Announcing our online exclusive deal of the week!

Every week we will be bringing a 25% off deal to our online shop. Check back every Friday to see what's next: https://shop.iwm.org.uk/c/1692/deal-of-the-week

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The three Army Film and Photographic Unit Photographers who captured the 1st Airborne Division's attack on Arnhem.Sgt D ...
28/09/2020

The three Army Film and Photographic Unit Photographers who captured the 1st Airborne Division's attack on Arnhem.

Sgt D M Smith (who was wounded in the shoulder), Sgt G Walker and Sgt C M Lewis arrived back in Britain #OnThisDay in 1944.

Find out more about Operation Market Garden: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/the-story-of-operation-market-garden-in-photos

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What’s it like to live inside a refugee camp? This striking image depicts Moria refugee camp in Greece in February 2020....
25/09/2020

What’s it like to live inside a refugee camp?

This striking image depicts Moria refugee camp in Greece in February 2020. It's part of a series of images and panoramic film footage captured by CNN’s Emmy-nominated photojournalist Lewis Whyld and journalist Elinda Labropoulou in February and September this year. The footage is now on display at IWM London to form an immersive experience, revealing glimpses of daily life at Moria, as well as the devastating effects of the fire that swept through the camp in September 2020.

Find out more: http://bit.ly/lifeinacamp #IWMrefugees

We’re delighted to announce the opening of Refugees: Forced to Flee at IWM London!The new exhibition, explores a century...
24/09/2020

We’re delighted to announce the opening of Refugees: Forced to Flee at IWM London!

The new exhibition, explores a century of refugee experiences, from Nazi Germany’s persecution of Jews to the Calais Jungle.

Cutting-edge research supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has provided the exhibition with unparalleled resources to tell stories of refugees across the world.

Book you free ticket: http://bit.ly/15BeqaP

Find out more: http://bit.ly/forced_to_flee

#IWMRefugees

23/09/2020

We all enjoy the antics of Captain Mainwaring, Corporal Jones and Private Pike, but is the Dad's Army version of the Home Guard really accurate?

In this episode of #Mythbusting, curator Sean Rehling looks at the composition of the home guard ranks.

22/09/2020

“This is very normal for me, to feel insecure.”

Home is something that holds different meanings to everyone, and it’s a running theme throughout Refugees: Forced to Flee. So we asked artist and cultural figure Ai Weiwei on what it means to him.

Watch our interview with Ai Weiwei in full: https://bit.ly/3gCHGrY

A poignant reminder of the tragic human cost of war, I Saw The World End by Es Devlin and Machiko Weston was screened in...
22/09/2020

A poignant reminder of the tragic human cost of war, I Saw The World End by Es Devlin and Machiko Weston was screened in Piccadilly Circus in London yesterday, on the International Day of Peace. Commissioned by IWM, the digital artwork commemorates the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August this year. #PeaceDay

Watch the full artwork here: https://bit.ly/2Pw2GFH

20/09/2020
303 Squadron

Despite coming late into the battle in August 1940, 303 Squadron became the highest scoring unit of the Battle of Britain, claiming at least 126 enemy aircraft. Curator Craig Murray tells us more: https://youtu.be/ZMVkIpt_yZ8 #BattleofBritain80

Power pose!Three of RAF Duxford's finest standing outside the Officers' Mess on this day in 1940.Find out more about the...
20/09/2020

Power pose!

Three of RAF Duxford's finest standing outside the Officers' Mess on this day in 1940.

Find out more about the pilots who flew in the Battle of Britain: http://ow.ly/hUli50Bq7w0

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“I must be dead or something, no blood, no nothing but I'm covered in smoke”The words of those who were there—like Georg...
19/09/2020

“I must be dead or something, no blood, no nothing but I'm covered in smoke”

The words of those who were there—like George Unwin, right—give us unique insight into life as a pilot during the Battle of Britain. You can listen to their experiences here: https://bit.ly/320rfSR

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My father joined the Army 99 years ago this month, - September 1921. His was posted to Maresfield, East Sussex, which was the first home of the newly formed Royal Corps of Signals. 20 years later in December 1941 he was captured and became a POW when Japanese Imperial forces won the Battle for Hong Kong. This book is the biography of Albert Ient and 7 other British servicemen. WWII hostilities ended on 15th Aug 1945. However it wasn't until 75 years ago this month, on the 17th September, that Albert and the other POWs left their POW camp on the Japanese Island of Innoshima and began their long journey home......
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I have a small collection of memorabilia that my French grandfather brought back from the time he served on the Russian Front during WW1. Would the Imperial War Museum be interested in having these objects?
Morning IWM, I found this at Deptford market over the weekend and thought you may know what it is part of?
HMS Belfast, 20th August 2020, socially isolating.
Hello. I'm a television producer making a series of films which imagines how World War Two would have been recorded if those fighting and enduring it had possessed 21st century technology. The films aim to reach younger viewers while remaining accessible to all. One of them is David Crook's Story - as some will know he flew with 609 Squadron in the Battle of Britain and beyond - and I thought it might be of interest to you. It relies heavily on archive and, inevitably, some liberties with visual fact have been taken. Nevertheless, I hope it remains faithful to David Crook's account and honours both him and his fellow pilots.