Our recent community open evening

Members of the local community gather at IWM London

Members of the local community met with us last week to discuss the latest developments in the transformation of IWM London

Last Wednesday, we held an open evening for the local community, one in our ongoing series of community events. People from the local area came in to meet the team and discuss the latest developments in our plans to transform IWM London.

Thank you to everyone who joined us!

Some interesting questions were raised over the course of the evening. For those of you who were unable to attend (perhaps due to a certain sideburn-sporting cyclist winning gold medals), here are some highlights from the Q&A:

When will you start the building works?

Quite soon as our new First World War galleries need to be ready in time for the centenary of the First World War in 2014. We’ll need to start the building works in January 2013, so IWM London will be temporarily closed from January 2013 for six months.

Are you expanding the building?

No, the size of the building will remain the same. However we are making the spaces within the building bigger so there is more space for displaying our collections.

Will you still have a programme for schools?

Yes, we definitely intend to keep the schools programme. Our social history is a key part of the national curriculum and we will be providing a programme to support learning both in and out of the classroom.

Are you planning on using objects that are not currently on display in your new galleries?

Yes. Many of the objects that are currently in our galleries and exhibitions have been on display for nearly 25 years. We haven’t stopped collecting new objects during this time! The transformation of both the building and the new gallery spaces will allow us to display some of these objects.

Why is IWM undertaking this redevelopment work?

This is the 21st century and it’s important that IWM changes with the changing times. There are new and emerging ways to interpret our collections and the way that the history of war and its impact on society might be interpreted. This also gives us the chance to present and display new and previously unseen objects from our collections.
Our next community evening is Monday 3 December. We hope to see you there!

If you have any more questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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