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Discover what we got up to during Kid’s in Museum’s Takeover Day 2013 at IWM London from our Youth Advisers, staff and the special guests who took part…

Seven IWM Youth Advisers became curators for the day working with James Taylor, the lead curator of the First World War galleries, and writing the family captions for the new galleries

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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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‘Oh I Was Very Lucky, London 1944’ by Priscilla Thornycroft.

Earlier this year during the planning of our current exhibition Architecture of War 

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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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The Young Reporters being shown how to repair First World War posters

I first met some of the Young Reporters in March when they interviewed me for their Conservation podcast. I found them really interested and engaged when it came to discussing Conservation, so it seemed appropriate to actually demonstrate some of the skills that I use and give them the chance to have a go for themselves.

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Young Reporters in the recording studio

Young Reporters in the recording studio

This week our IWM Young Reporters speak to Exhibitions Manager Becky Wakefield and Curator James Taylor about our new First World War Galleries opening next summer.

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Young Reporters working with students at Lambeth College

Young Reporters working with students at Lambeth College

This week our IWM Young Reporters speak to conservators Rachel Weatherall and Fiona Mclees about the work the conservation team need to do to get the collections ready for our new First World War galleries due to open next summer.

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