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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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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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This Saturday – 19 April – marks the three month countdown to our re-opening on 19 July.

While we’ve been busy updating on all the activity taking place behind the scenes here are our top five things to see when we re-open this summer.

First World War Galleries

Our new First World War Galleries will present the story of the war – how it started, why it continued and its global impact, through the lives and viewpoints of those who experienced it at the time.

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A detail of one of the projections featured in the new galleries. Image © Squint / Opera

Over the past 18 months we’ve been busy behind the scenes creating our new First World War Galleries, which open to the public on 19 July 2014. The digital media team is a key part of this development.

The previous First World War Galleries were designed in the late 1980s and opened to the public in 1990 before modern technology. Now, with a wide range of digital technologies at our disposal, we can offer new ways of presenting content for the visitor and put the surrounding objects into context.

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The Humber Pig after conservation at IWM Duxford

As those who have visited IWM London since re-opening may have noticed, we are gearing up for the reinstallation of the large objects to the new atrium and First World War galleries.

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Earlier this week IWM London partially re-opened!  Here’s a sneak peak at what’s been happening behind the scenes during our temporary closure.

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Wing Commander Guy Gibson with members of his crew of 617 Squadron

Wing Commander Guy Gibson with members of his crew of 617 Squadron © IWM (TR 1127)

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid. Next summer when our new atrium fully re-opens we’ll have a piece of the bar from the Petwood Hotel where the off-duty aircrews involved in the Dambusters raid would relax and socialise. A recent acquisition by IWM, this will be the first time the bar has ever been on public display.

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P51D Mustang being prepared for lowering at IWM London in December 2012

P51D Mustang being prepared by our team of expert conservators for lowering at IWM London.

This past week, the last of our 65 large objects, the P51D Mustang – which has been suspended 15m high in our Large Exhibits Gallery for over 20 years – was lowered by a team of expert conservators before being transported to IWM Duxford to be conserved in our public hangar Conservation in Action.

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