Imperial War Museum London

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IWM London tells the stories of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. Follow us on Facebook and join our growing community of fans. Discover in-depth information about IWM London, special content, and discuss and share with others. Our social media house rules can be found here: ow.ly/4ezk30bS0aV

16/05/2019

Last night, #TheyShallNotGrowOld was announced as the winner of the Innovation of the Year award at the Museums + Heritage Awards ceremony in London. Huge congratulations to all the teams involved here at IWM and 1418 NOW!

Learn how the film was made using IWM's original archival footage: ow.ly/LrNg30oKljA

The action-packed Duxford Air Festival returns for take-off over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, 25 & 26 May.Ticketmast...
15/05/2019
Imperial War Museum Duxford

The action-packed Duxford Air Festival returns for take-off over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, 25 & 26 May.

Ticketmaster United Kingdom Minimaster Toby visited Imperial War Museum Duxford to chat to the #DuxfordAirShows team about things to come.

Kids go free to Duxford Air Festival, just a short train journey from London Liverpool Street to Cambridge Station with our Greater Days Out package offer with Greater Anglia, including return train tickets, shuttle bus, event entry and free Flightline Walk. Find out more and book: https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/duxford-air-festival-2019

Ticketmaster United Kingdom Minimaster vlogger Toby came to see some friends from our #DuxfordAirShows team, finding out about the treats we have in store at Duxford Air Festival 2019. We can’t wait to welcome you on 25 & 26 May 2019. Don’t forget to buy your tickets, they can’t be bought on the day! #welovewhatwedo

Check out the interview: https://blog.ticketmaster.co.uk/special-events/duxford-air-festival-42743/

German by birth, the actress and singer Marlene Dietrich was an outspoken critic of Nazism. She made more than 500 appea...
13/05/2019

German by birth, the actress and singer Marlene Dietrich was an outspoken critic of Nazism. She made more than 500 appearances to entertain and boost the morale of Allied servicemen during the Second World War.

Find out more about five film stars’ wartime roles: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/five-film-stars-wartime-roles

© IWM (EA 41430)

When the Soviets blockaded Berlin in January 1948, 2.5 million Berliners, as well as the Allied garrisons, needed to be ...
12/05/2019

When the Soviets blockaded Berlin in January 1948, 2.5 million Berliners, as well as the Allied garrisons, needed to be supplied with food and fuel. Britain, the United States and other Western Allies flew in aircrafts of supplies in what became known as the Berlin Airlift. At the peak of the operation, landings were made every three minutes. Realising that the Western half of the city was coping well, the Russians lifted the blockade on this day in 1949.

© IWM (HU 73010)

Christina Broom (1862-1939) was one of the first female freelance professional photographers in Britain. Her pictures ar...
11/05/2019
British Women Photographers Of The First World War

Christina Broom (1862-1939) was one of the first female freelance professional photographers in Britain. Her pictures are formally and carefully composed, yet reveal her empathy for her subjects.

By the time of the First World War, Broom had been photographing soldiers for ten years, as official photographer to the Brigade of Guards and Household Cavalry. Her coverage of the regiments preparing to leave for France in 1914 was not just a professional assignment but a personal farewell.

Discover more about Broom’s story and other pioneering female photographers: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/british-women-photographers-of-the-first-world-war

The contribution of British women to First World War photography has received little attention in comparison to that of later conflicts.

On 10 May 1940, Germany invaded France and the Low Countries, pushing the British Expeditionary Force, along with French...
10/05/2019

On 10 May 1940, Germany invaded France and the Low Countries, pushing the British Expeditionary Force, along with French and Belgian troops, back to the French port of Dunkirk. A huge rescue, Operation 'Dynamo', was organised by the Royal Navy to get the stranded troops off the beaches and back to Britain. This was essential to prevent the loss of Britain’s only trained troops and the collapse of the Allied cause.

This photograph shows British troops lined up and awaiting evacuation. © IWM (NYP 68075)

Winston Churchill became Prime Minister on this day in 1940. He was by no means the obvious choice. Already a politician...
10/05/2019
Darkest Hour: The People Who Helped Shape the Future of Britain in May 1940

Winston Churchill became Prime Minister on this day in 1940. He was by no means the obvious choice. Already a politician for 40 years, he was considered by many people in Britain to be a warmonger, an adventurer and an opportunist. Yet public opinion was beginning to turn in his favour.

Churchill would lead Britain to eventual victory over Nazi Germany five years later. Learn more about his early days as Prime Minister during Britain’s ‘darkest hour’ and the key people who helped shape the future of Britain in May 1940: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/darkest-hour-the-people-who-helped-shape-the-future-of-britain-in-may-1940-0

In May 1940 Britain was confronted with two of the most important questions in its history. Who should lead Britain in the war against Nazi Germany? Should Britain make a negotiated peace with Hitler? At stake was the very survival of Britain itself.

8 May 1945 – VE (Victory in Europe) Day – was one that remained in the memory of all those who witnessed it.For many...
08/05/2019

8 May 1945 – VE (Victory in Europe) Day – was one that remained in the memory of all those who witnessed it.

For many, the celebrations were bitter-sweet. Some mourned their lost friends and loved ones, while others were still engaged in combat. The war against Japan did not end until August, and the political, social and economic repercussions of the war were felt long after.

Churchill recognised this in his VE Day broadcast, saying: 'We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing; but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead.' This photograph shows him waving to crowds in Whitehall on the day that he broadcast the news. © IWM (H 41849)

This painting by Elsie Gledstanes from May 1940 shows Queen Elizabeth reviewing lines of auxiliary ambulance drivers at ...
07/05/2019
HM The Queen Reviewing at County Hall, May 1940

This painting by Elsie Gledstanes from May 1940 shows Queen Elizabeth reviewing lines of auxiliary ambulance drivers at London’s County Hall. Many of the ambulance drivers are women. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/10992

© Art.IWM ART LD 6092

image: Queen Elizabeth, wife of King George VI, reviews two lines of predominantly female auxiliary ambulance drivers. Inthe foreground is a line of motor ambulances, with personnel standing in front of them. The Queen and several other dignitaries talk tosome of the personnel in the middle of the c...

On this day in 1915, RMS Lusitania was hit by a torpedo launched by a German submarine. The ship sank in 18 minutes and ...
07/05/2019

On this day in 1915, RMS Lusitania was hit by a torpedo launched by a German submarine. The ship sank in 18 minutes and more than 1,000 people died. This cork lifebelt from Lusitania is on display in the First World War galleries at IWM London. http://ow.ly/NRIl30owjax

© IWM (MAR 127)

In May 1944, aircrew and ground staff of No. 467 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, celebrated the completion of 100 ...
06/05/2019

In May 1944, aircrew and ground staff of No. 467 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, celebrated the completion of 100 operations by the Avro Lancaster R5868 'S for Sugar'.

The emblems below the cockpit indicate the number of operational flights as well as awards of Distinguished Service Orders and Distinguished Flying Crosses to crew members.

© IWM (TR 1795)

Between May 1917 and May 1918 more than 300,000 people used the tube to shelter from German air raids. That was double t...
01/05/2019

Between May 1917 and May 1918 more than 300,000 people used the tube to shelter from German air raids. That was double the amount of people that were regularly sheltering in the tube during the height of the London Blitz in September 1940. Read more: http://ow.ly/YV7z30osjC4

© IWM (Art.IWM ART 935)

Animals often served as mascots in wartime – here, the regimental mascot of the Black Watch is serenaded by bagpipes a...
30/04/2019

Animals often served as mascots in wartime – here, the regimental mascot of the Black Watch is serenaded by bagpipes as the regiment prepares for the invasion of Sicily.

Discover stories of well-known animals in war: http://ow.ly/POIH30owj1t

© IWM (NA 4178)

Barrage balloons were an integral part of Britain's defences during the Second World War. By forcing German planes to fl...
29/04/2019

Barrage balloons were an integral part of Britain's defences during the Second World War. By forcing German planes to fly above 5000 feet, they reduced the accuracy of their bombing and made them more vulnerable to anti-aircraft fire.

This painting by Laura Knight depicts a balloon being hoisted into position by the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Having often painted the ballet and the circus, Knight particularly captured the women’s coordinated physical performance.

© IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 2750)

'You had no go in you at all'Unsanitary conditions, inhospitable terrain, unappetising food and scarce water, among othe...
27/04/2019
9 Reasons Why Gallipoli Was One Of The Worst Fighting Fronts Of The First World War

'You had no go in you at all'

Unsanitary conditions, inhospitable terrain, unappetising food and scarce water, among other factors, meant Gallipoli was remembered by its veterans as one of the worst places to serve.

Hear veterans recall what the conditions were like in their own words: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/9-reasons-why-gallipoli-was-one-of-the-worst-fighting-fronts-of-the-first-world-war

Of all the varied parts of the world where British and Commonwealth forces were deployed during the First World War, Gallipoli was remembered by its veterans as one of the worst places to serve.

This photograph from 1943 shows three Kittyhawk Mark IIIs of 112 Squadron preparing to take off at a desert airstrip in ...
26/04/2019

This photograph from 1943 shows three Kittyhawk Mark IIIs of 112 Squadron preparing to take off at a desert airstrip in Tunisia. The Kittyhawks display the squadron's distinctive 'shark mouth' insignia.

© IWM (TR 975)

This ANZAC Day, discover the story of Maori soldiers and their fight to be allowed to make a contribution to the First W...
25/04/2019
How Maoris battled to fight together in the First World War

This ANZAC Day, discover the story of Maori soldiers and their fight to be allowed to make a contribution to the First World War: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/how-maoris-battled-to-fight-together-in-the-first-world-war

Between 1914 and 1918 more than 120,000 New Zealanders – nearly 20% of the country’s eligible manpower – served overseas with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, the Royal Navy or units of the British Army.

In spring 1942, the German Air Force launched a series of air raids against historic towns and cities in Britain. Exeter...
25/04/2019

In spring 1942, the German Air Force launched a series of air raids against historic towns and cities in Britain. Exeter was the first city to be bombed in these attacks, known as the 'Baedeker’ raids after the famous German travel guides.

Wilfred James Dymond was a young man living in Exeter at the time of the raids, and describes the damage that was done to the city, in particular the cathedral: “When daylight came, a bomb had penetrated the roof of the St James and St Thomas chapel on the south side of the cathedral. It had gone right through to the crypt and it had blown up and taken the whole of the south side of the choir with it.”

This study for an oil painting shows a team of volunteer fire fighters standing in rubble from previous raids. © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 3197)

Our upcoming IWM London exhibition What Remains will explore why cultural heritage is attacked during war, and the ways we save, protect and restore what is targeted. Find out more: https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/what-remains

Today is ANZAC Day, marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forc...
25/04/2019

Today is ANZAC Day, marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

These photographs show just some of the thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who served at Gallipoli: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/15-photos-of-the-anzacs-at-gallipoli

© IWM (HU 50622)

The naming conventions of the Royal Navy are part of a long tradition but other navies have a different approach. With g...
24/04/2019

The naming conventions of the Royal Navy are part of a long tradition but other navies have a different approach.

With gender neutral ships in the news, what is the history of referring to ships as 'she'? Read more: http://ow.ly/fWhP30owyqq

On 22 April 1915, German forces launched the first significant gas attack at Ypres. Jack Dorgan, of the Northumberland F...
22/04/2019

On 22 April 1915, German forces launched the first significant gas attack at Ypres. Jack Dorgan, of the Northumberland Fusiliers, recalled its effect on the soldiers: “Our eyes were streaming with water and with pain … Anyone who could see, like I was, would go in front. And half a dozen or 10 or 12 men each with their hand on the shoulder of the man in front of them … and lines and lines of British soldiers going back with rolls of bandages round their eyes”.

John Singer Sargent’s iconic painting Gassed depicts a similar scene in the aftermath of an attack in 1918. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1460)

Read more: http://ow.ly/S8Oh30osi08

Happy Easter! The tradition of painting Easter eggs was kept alive in wartime – here is a corporal of the 1st Polish A...
21/04/2019

Happy Easter!

The tradition of painting Easter eggs was kept alive in wartime – here is a corporal of the 1st Polish Armoured Division painting his in April 1943.

© IWM (HU 128176)

In March 1918, Private H H Gurdin was wounded and taken prisoner by the Germans. A Russian prisoner made this carved woo...
20/04/2019

In March 1918, Private H H Gurdin was wounded and taken prisoner by the Germans. A Russian prisoner made this carved wooden Easter egg for him. © IWM (EPH 641)

On #WorldHeritageDay, find out more about our upcoming exhibition What Remains, in partnership with Historic England, wh...
18/04/2019

On #WorldHeritageDay, find out more about our upcoming exhibition What Remains, in partnership with Historic England, which explores why cultural heritage is attacked during war, and the ways we save, protect and restore what is targeted. Part of the #CultureUnderAttack season, opening in July. http://ow.ly/6EtW30otbQf

Photograph showing the ravaging effects of the Baedeker raids on the cathedral city of Exeter in 1942 © Historic England

The Normandy landings were the culmination of many months of meticulous planning. Here you can see US P-47 Thunderbolt f...
16/04/2019

The Normandy landings were the culmination of many months of meticulous planning. Here you can see US P-47 Thunderbolt fighters and P-51 Mustangs lined up at a storage depot in Britain, April 1944.

Discover more photos showing preparations for D-Day: http://ow.ly/U5QA30oo45Z
#DDay75

© IWM (NYT 20041)

On this day in 1944, both RAF Bomber Command and the US Strategic Air Forces in Europe were placed under the direction o...
14/04/2019

On this day in 1944, both RAF Bomber Command and the US Strategic Air Forces in Europe were placed under the direction of General Dwight D Eisenhower and Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force.

Learn more about D-Day and the aerial battle for Normandy: http://ow.ly/fUCc30onrsI

© IWM (TR 207)

On World Record Store Day, find out more about our upcoming Rebel Sounds exhibition, exploring how groups and individual...
13/04/2019

On World Record Store Day, find out more about our upcoming Rebel Sounds exhibition, exploring how groups and individuals have used music to resist, rebel and speak out against war and oppression. Opening in July as part of our #CultureUnderAttack season of exhibitions and events. http://ow.ly/Pg6P50q05cH

Serbian station Radio B92 © Goran Basaric

Between 1914 and 1918, no professional female photojournalist had access to the front line.But despite official oppositi...
12/04/2019

Between 1914 and 1918, no professional female photojournalist had access to the front line.

But despite official opposition, some British women did photograph the war up close. Discover the stories of these pioneering women and see their work: http://ow.ly/bsXC30opcYS

© IWM (HU 51891)

Discover artists who have risked their lives in times of conflict for the music they love in Rebel Sounds, a new exhibit...
11/04/2019

Discover artists who have risked their lives in times of conflict for the music they love in Rebel Sounds, a new exhibition at IWM London. Opening in July as part of our #CultureUnderAttack season of exhibitions and events.

Hear four unique stories of resistance using personal accounts, memorabilia and music, including Nazi Germany in the 1930s, Northern Ireland in the 1970s, Serbia in the 1990s and present day Mali. Find out more: http://ow.ly/xPf630oozDm

A British gunner serving in Korea reads The Gunner, the regimental journal of the Royal Artillery, April 1952.Discover m...
10/04/2019

A British gunner serving in Korea reads The Gunner, the regimental journal of the Royal Artillery, April 1952.

Discover more photographs showing the experiences of some of the men who served in Korea and the conditions in which they lived and fought during the war: http://ow.ly/tKv930onrPn

© IWM (MH 32715)

Join us at the museum this Easter and meet war veterans and eyewitnesses to hear about their personal experiences of con...
09/04/2019

Join us at the museum this Easter and meet war veterans and eyewitnesses to hear about their personal experiences of conflict. The next 'We Were There' session takes place on Thursday 11 April, with further dates next week. Plan your visit: http://ow.ly/3NMu30onqEM

Around 3,000 pilots fought in the Battle of Britain, but thousands of other people helped defend Britain in the summer o...
07/04/2019

Around 3,000 pilots fought in the Battle of Britain, but thousands of other people helped defend Britain in the summer of 1940.

This photo from our collections shows armourers replenishing the ammunition in a Hawker Hurricane Mk I of No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF at Imperial War Museum Duxford in 1940.

Learn more about the teams on the ground who provided crucial support: http://ow.ly/icof30okYd5

© IWM (CH 1297)

Anna Airy was commissioned by the Munitions Committee of the Imperial War Museum in 1918 to produce four pictures repres...
06/04/2019

Anna Airy was commissioned by the Munitions Committee of the Imperial War Museum in 1918 to produce four pictures representing typical scenes in munitions factories. Learn more about this painting and other works by women war artists: http://ow.ly/tsy230okXso

© IWM (Art.IWM ART 2271)

Discover incredible aerial colour photos from the 1940s in the new book, War in the Air. See aircraft and pilots from a ...
05/04/2019
War in the Air: The Second World War brought to life in vivid colour

Discover incredible aerial colour photos from the 1940s in the new book, War in the Air. See aircraft and pilots from a number of Allied nations, brought to life again in vibrant color that makes the heroism and sacrifice of the era more palpable than ever. Alongside these rarely seen images, Ian Carter, Senior Curator at IWM, examines how crucial aviation was to winning the war.

Find out more: http://ow.ly/frLI30okXlW

Rare colour photographs bring to life the key role air power played in the Second World War.

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