As I made my way to IWM London I encountered the repercussions of the storms that had swept Britain – with my train being delayed I hastily walked to the museum.

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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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War poet Siegfried Sassoon outside his home, Heytesbury House

In August last year a pilot digitisation project was organised for the Department of Documents and Sound and it was agreed that the first selection of objects would be made from the collection of the war poet, Siegfried Sassoon.

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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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The next few weeks will see the installation of several more objects in our changing atrium gallery.

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A poster for Crystal Palace with the Great War Exhibition – Imperial War Museum which opened on 9 June 1920.

Plans to erect a replica of the Crystal Palace in south London have recently been unveiled, but how much do we know about the building’s use after the Great Exhibition of 1851?

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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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