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Exhibitions

Last week IWM London re-opened with our new First World War Galleries and transformed atrium. One of the many iconic objects you can see as you enter the museum is our V2 rocket from the Second World War. Measuring over 14 metres in height, here you can see how we transported it into the building.

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My work with the team creating the new First World War Galleries gained an unexpected additional component when I was asked to write the book of the exhibition.

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One of the first iconic objects you see as you enter IWM London is the Harrier jet, part of the new Witnesses to War display. See how we got it into the building!

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Ever wondered how to install a First World War tank into your front room? In the third of our weekly series of films see how we moved the Mark V Tank into the new First World War Galleries as we count down until our re-opening on 19 July 2014.

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The countdown to our re-opening on 19 July continues with the second in our series of films focusing on the objects you will see in our new galleries.

This week’s object is the Lusitania Camisole. The Lusitania Camisole is one of the many objects featured in our new First World War Galleries. It was worn by Mrs Margaret Gwyer, a survivor of the sinking of RMS Lusitania passenger ship, which was torpedoed by the Germans on 7 May 1915.

Mrs Gwyer fell into the water from a lifeboat and was sucked into one of the sinking ship’s funnels. However, the explosion of one of the ship’s boilers blew her back to the surface, where she was picked up and later reunited with her husband. She kept the oil-stained camisole as a reminder of her ordeal.

The camisole features in our new First World War Galleries, which open 19 July 2014.

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With just under a month to go until we re-open on 19 July we’re busy installing our new galleries and displays including the upcoming exhibition IWM Contemporary: Mark Neville.

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The Menin Road, 1919, Paul Nash © IWM (Art.IWM ART 2242)

Our new First World War Galleries – opening 19 July – will feature over 1,300 objects including Paul Nash’s painting of a battle scarred landscape The Menin Road.  War artist Paul Nash worked on the painting from June 1918 to February 1919.

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In March we completed our work conserving the objects that will feature in the new First World War Galleries and atrium at IWM London as part of our Transforming project. Over the last 18 months, the conservation teams at IWM Duxford and IWM London have conserved and prepared a whopping 1,456 objects.

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