Our transformation continues in 2014…

In case you haven’t heard, IWM London will be closing on 6 January until July 2014 as we continue our major redevelopments as part of our plans to mark the Centenary of the First World War in 2014.

When we re-open in July 2014 you will be able to visit our new First World War Galleries alongside our newly configured atrium that will display some of our iconic large objects – such as a Harrier, Spitfire and V2 rocket – plus some exciting new additions (more to be revealed over the coming months!).

The First World War Galleries will use our unrivalled First World War collections to present the story the First World War – how it started, why it continued and its impact across the world – through the lives of those who experienced it on the front lines or on the home front.  Large objects such as the Mark V tank and Sopwith Camel biplane will feature alongside smaller, more intimate objects such as personal love letters, souvenirs and trench signs from the front as well photographs, art and film from our collections.

We will use new technologies to tell the story of the First World War, including a recreated trench with a soundscape to evoke what daily life was like for the troops. The Galleries will tell the story of the First World War and the big questions and choices that the people of Britain and its former Empire had to face in this first ‘total war’. We’re hoping that you will leave the Galleries with a new perspective on this landmark conflict.

A view of our atrium, opening in July 2014. Image by Fosters + Partners

In July we will also reveal our reconfigured atrium space. Design by Fosters + Partners the atrium will feature nine iconic objects. Large architectural fins will line the atrium, creating new terraces above for new displays. As you journey up through the atrium we will reveal key stories from the Second World War, as well as more contemporary conflicts from 1945 to the present day, including how conflicts have been fought and communities divided in places such as Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

© IWM (Art.IWM ART 2747)

A Battery Shelled, by Percy Wyndham Lewis, © IWM (Art.IWM ART 2747)

We’ll also be opening our new temporary exhibition Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War. The first major retrospective of British First World War art for almost a hundred years, this new exhibition will feature over 100 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, including work by some of Britain’s most important artists of the twentieth century.

In addition to our new Galleries, Truth and Memory and the reconfigured atrium we will also be opening three new shops and a new museum café which will open out onto the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. A new staircase and lifts will ensure you are able to move more quickly and easily around the museum during your visit.

So, 2014 promises to be a busy and exciting year for us all here at IWM London. During our closure from 6 January through to July 2014 we’ll keep you updated on what we’re up to behind the scenes.  Stay posted for the latest updates covering the objects are conservation team are busily preparing for our new displays, news on our large objects and vehicles as they return to our new atrium, guest posts from our Youth Panel and Young Reporters and much, much more as our transformation continues.

  1. Sixten Svensson says: December 20, 20133:42 pm

    Look forward to the opening

  2. Kathy Beere says: January 3, 20142:51 pm

    It looks very exciting and I am looking forward to visiting the Museum again in July 2014 to see the remodelled Imperial War Museum.

  3. Phil Burrows says: January 7, 201410:36 am

    Always try to visit when I am in London, so have missed out recently. Good to see the images, and I will definitely be there later in year. Good luck with the work

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