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May, 2013 Monthly archive
Reading a Blue Print for the Manufacture of a Naval Gun by Leslie Cole © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 1440)

Reading a Blue Print for the Manufacture of a Naval Gun by Leslie Cole © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 1440)

As a new curator in the team which look after our superb art collection, I was delighted to be invited to curate the upcoming art exhibition Architecture of War.

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Wing Commander Guy Gibson with members of his crew of 617 Squadron

Wing Commander Guy Gibson with members of his crew of 617 Squadron © IWM (TR 1127)

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid. Next summer when our new atrium fully re-opens we’ll have a piece of the bar from the Petwood Hotel where the off-duty aircrews involved in the Dambusters raid would relax and socialise. A recent acquisition by IWM, this will be the first time the bar has ever been on public display.

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Three civilians soak up the sunshine as they sleep in the sunshine in the comfort of deck chairs in Hyde Park, London. © IWM (D 15939)

As spring slowly rolls into summer the first brave sunbathers, sports teams and locals enjoying the sunshine emerged last weekend, tucking into ice creams in the park alongside the museum.

Although it’s always a bit galling to be able to see people eating ice creams, playing Frisbee and sunning themselves while we’re stuck in the office it has got us all excited about the new café at IWM London which opens in summer 2014.

Located on the west-side of the building the new café will open out into the park so we’ll be able to sit outside and enjoy a nice hot drink or grab a bite to eat before heading into the museum to explore the new galleries and displays.

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