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Last week we released ‘Flight of the Stories‘, a short film commemorating the First World War Centenary and the opening of our new galleries at IWM London. In this film hear from IWM staff and the people inside Aardman who made ‘Flight of the Stories’ and find out the story behind the animated film made for the opening of our new First World War Galleries.

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The lovely people at Aardman have created a beautiful new animated film for the opening of our new First World War Galleries on 19 July 2014.

Find out more about our First World War Galleries.

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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 less than a month to go until IWM London re-opens on 19 July we’re starting a weekly countdown with a series of films showcasing activity taking place behind the scenes and highlighting some of the objects you can expect to see when you visit.

Our first film features the return of our Second World War Spitfire plane.




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I am pleased to announce that the IWM Short Film Festival resurfaces after a three year break!

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Image © IWM (ORD 108)

The 9.2-inch heavy howitzer, previously on display in our atrium will feature in the new First World War Galleries opening summer 2014. Image © IWM (ORD 108)

IWM sees the 1916 Battle of the Somme as a turning point in Britain’s experience of the First World War. As a result, we will explore the battle in detail in our new First World War Galleries, opening in summer 2014.

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Trench Football

Trench Football – one of the objects researched by Amy and the Youth Panel

As I had taken part in an IWM Summer School, the cake-filled welcome to my first IWM Youth Panel meeting felt like home. After getting to know each other in the best way possible – sharing embarrassing childhood tales – we climbed further into the heights of the building to the iconic dome itself for our introduction.

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Summer School students researching our collections in the Department of Documents

Summer School attendee Lily is our final guest blogger. Here she describes how she and other students used an item from our collections as inspiration to create silent animated films that may feature in our new First World War galleries, opening in 2014…

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