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Members of IWM Youth Panel

Hi, we’re Claudia, Josiah, Zipporah, Ruben and Elana and we’re part of the new IWM youth panel.

We are helping the museum relate to other teenagers. So far we have visited some art archives as well as film archives which have collections from the First and Second World Wars. We also filmed in both locations, giving a brief documentary on our experiences. These can be viewed on our Facebook page.

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The Tiled Eagle

The German mural ‘Tiled Eagle’ which has been at the museum since 1919.

If you’ve visited IWM London in the past few weeks, you may have seen me around. I’ve been doing some conservation work to prepare many of the objects in the large exhibits gallery for their moves in the autumn. Some of the objects I’ve already worked on are the shells and guns including the French 75mm Field Gun.

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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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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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IWM London exterior with naval guns

Hello and welcome!

The First World War was a turning point in world history. Claiming the lives of over 16 million people across the globe most people in the world have a connection to it, either through their own family history, links to their local community or because of its long term impact on the world we live in today.

It was during this time that IWM (Imperial War Museums) was founded as a lasting memorial to all those who played their part in the conflict, be that at home or on the fighting front and we continue in this role today.

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