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July, 2012 Monthly archive
Crystal Palace

The army section display at Crystal Palace, 1920. Although the space was dramatic, the glass structure and four year lease meant it was unsuitable as a long term home for the Museum.

Welcome to the first in a series of blogs from the museum archive. With the transformation of IWM London now moving into  full swing, we thought it would be a good opportunity to tell you more about the history of the Lambeth Road building that our London branch has occupied for over 70 years.

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A design for the new First World War Galleries by Casson Mann © IWM

We are delighted to announce that IWM has secured the £4.5million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help finance the creation of new ground-breaking First World War Galleries at IWM London which are set to open in June 2014 to mark the First World War Centenary.

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25 pounder Mk II

This week we are beginning to prepare the objects in the Large Exhibits Gallery for their movement and storage this autumn. After weeks of preparation we have put together a work schedule to ensure we can access the objects and have the equipment we need. This is a team effort involving many departments from the museum including, design, communications and marketing, security and visitor services.

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Conserving the French 75mm Gun

Over the past few months I’ve been working in the care and conservation team at IWM London to assess the condition of the large exhibits that you see throughout the museum, as we prepare them for moving this autumn.

This work involves the condition assessment of the structure, metalwork and paintwork, and includes making recommendations on packing and transit so they can be safely moved out of the building. We have to thoroughly inspect everything that we need to move, which often means crawling into or underneath objects, seeing parts that most people never see. On occasion we will need to repair or secure parts of the item so it can be safely moved, and many of these items have not been moved for over 20 years.

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