Planning permission granted!
Three cheers! At a planning committee meeting last night, London Borough of Southwark approved the planning and listed building consent applications for the first phase of our masterplan to transform IWM London. Following the planning committee’s approval, work on architects Foster + Partners plans is set to begin later this year and be completed in time to commemorate the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014.
Key elements of the plans include;
- New larger First World War Galleries, double the size of the current ones. Split into four key chapters the Galleries will draw upon the latest historical analysis of the causes, course and consequences of this landmark conflict which claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe and affected the lives of millions more.
- A reconfigured central hall at the heart of the museum where you will encounter iconic planes hanging down from above, and striking objects and exhibits reaching out from rising terraced galleries. Exhibits include many that have not been on public display before, such as an Argentinean operating table from Falklands, a Harrier GR9 that was used in Afghanistan and a snatch Landover used in Iraq.
- The collections will be re-interpreted. Drawing on the depth and breadth of IWM’s extensive collections, larger exhibits will be displayed directly alongside film, photos and artworks to strengthen each story. Harnessing modern media, the collections will also be underpinned by digital interpretation.
- Additional gallery space at the top of the museum for exhibitions relating to contemporary conflicts
- A new museum café opening onto the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park and a new shop
We are really pleased that first phase of our masterplan to transform IWM London is underway. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months.
Are you looking forward to anything in particular in the newly transformed IWM London?