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Since 1989, five historic aircraft have soared overhead, suspended from the ceiling in our Large Exhibits Gallery at IWM London. Last month the first of these aircraft, a Sopwith Camel, was lowered to the ground and dismantled for safe transport as we prepare for the redevelopment of IWM London in January 2013.

Check out the timelapse video above to see how we did it. 

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PM David Cameron with IWM Young Reporters

PM David Cameron was interviewed by IWM Young Reporters from Archbishop Sumner School today following the announcement of the UK’s plans to mark the First World War Centenary.

Today, five IWM Young Reporters met Prime Minister David Cameron at IWM London.

The IWM Young Reporters are from two local primary schools, Archbishop Sumner School and Oasis Academy Johanna in south London. These Year 5 students are honing their reporting and investigative journalism skills so that they can report back to their communities and the wider public on all the changes that are going on at IWM London in the run-up to the First World War Centenary in 2014.

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General Montgomery's Grant Tank

The Grant Tank used by Field Marshal Montgomery at the Battle of El Alamein will be the first vehicle to be moved from the ground floor of the Large Exhibits Gallery.

…But soon you won’t.

My role in transforming IWM London is to ensure that all the objects are moved safely out of the building and into storage or to the relevant workshops for conservation before we begin the major construction work on the building in January 2013.

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Members of the local community gather at IWM London

Members of the local community met with us last week to discuss the latest developments in the transformation of IWM London

Last Wednesday, we held an open evening for the local community, one in our ongoing series of community events. People from the local area came in to meet the team and discuss the latest developments in our plans to transform IWM London.

Thank you to everyone who joined us!

Some interesting questions were raised over the course of the evening. For those of you who were unable to attend (perhaps due to a certain sideburn-sporting cyclist winning gold medals), here are some highlights from the Q&A:

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A design for the new First World War Galleries by Casson Mann © IWM

We are delighted to announce that IWM has secured the £4.5million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help finance the creation of new ground-breaking First World War Galleries at IWM London which are set to open in June 2014 to mark the First World War Centenary.

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Eindhoven is liberated, 19 September 1944 © IWM (BU938)

Three cheers! At a planning committee meeting last night, London Borough of Southwark approved the planning and listed building consent applications for the first phase of our masterplan to transform IWM London. Following the planning committee’s approval, work on architects Foster + Partners plans is set to begin later this year and be completed in time to commemorate the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014.

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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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