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Behind the Scenes


The Young Reporters learn how to identify insect pests

In early July I led two conservation workshops about insect pests for the Young Reporters project.

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The Young Reporters in the conservation workshop

As part of Transforming IWM London I was asked to participate in the Young Reporters project involving Year 5 pupils from two local schools – Archbishop Sumner School and Oasis Academy Johanna.

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IWM London now – partially – reopen

Last week IWM London partially re-opened. If you’ve been following this blog you’ll know that we are transforming IWM London to mark the Centenary of the First World War in 2014, creating new spaces and new ways for you to explore our unique collections.

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Earlier this week IWM London partially re-opened!  Here’s a sneak peak at what’s been happening behind the scenes during our temporary closure.

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The Imperial War Museum, 1935 : Showing the main art gallery under construction. Image © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 509)

As everyone gears up for our partial reopening of IWM London on 29 July, here is our short guide to museum openings of yesteryear.

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This week we are launching the sixth and final podcast in our series.  Once again our Young Reporters go the behind the scenes  and talk to our local residents and friends of IWM London to see what the local communities think about the major changes taking place as part of Transforming IWM London.

I particularly love this sixth and final podcast because it reminds us how close a community we have and what an important place IWM London is for so many people.  Working for IWM London I often hear people’s stories of their first memories of coming and why they love our family of five museums.

This week’s podcast gives you a chance for you to hear a couple these stories brought to you by our fantastic IWM Young Reporters.  Listen to the last in our six-part series of IWM Young Reporters’ exclusive podcasts below:

Our Young Reporters are from local schools Archbishop Sumner and Oasis Academy Johanna.  In this part of the Young Reporters two year project they made these fantastic podcasts with the support of Lambeth College Radio students.  The Young Reporters project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Students from Broomfield School creating animations for New Perspectives

I first became aware of the New Perspectives project with IWM when I was asked by Anna Lotinga to act as a consultant to the project last summer. After we met at Broomfield School where I work as an Advanced Skills (History) Teacher and Head of Department, I was so impressed with what I heard that I immediately asked to be part of the project. This was an awesome opportunity for my students to create animated films about the First World War.

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Students from Broomfield School making an animated film for New Perspectives.

New Perspectives is a film-making project about lesser-known aspects of the First World War for young people aged 14-19 as part of Transforming IWM London and you can take part this summer.

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