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With just under a month to go until we re-open on 19 July we’re busy installing our new galleries and displays including the upcoming exhibition IWM Contemporary: Mark Neville.

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The Menin Road, 1919, Paul Nash © IWM (Art.IWM ART 2242)

Our new First World War Galleries – opening 19 July – will feature over 1,300 objects including Paul Nash’s painting of a battle scarred landscape The Menin Road.  War artist Paul Nash worked on the painting from June 1918 to February 1919.

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The British Camouflage Tree

The British camouflage tree observation post. Image © IWM (FEQ 854)

This British camouflage tree observation post is one of the more unusual objects in our collection. Its journey from the fields of the Western Front to display in our new First World War Galleries, nearly one hundred years later, tells us much about the way that the First World War was fought but also how its impact is still with us today in unexpected and surprising ways.

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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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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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IWM London now – partially – reopen

Last week IWM London partially re-opened. If you’ve been following this blog you’ll know that we are transforming IWM London to mark the Centenary of the First World War in 2014, creating new spaces and new ways for you to explore our unique collections.

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Students from Broomfield School creating animations for New Perspectives

I first became aware of the New Perspectives project with IWM when I was asked by Anna Lotinga to act as a consultant to the project last summer. After we met at Broomfield School where I work as an Advanced Skills (History) Teacher and Head of Department, I was so impressed with what I heard that I immediately asked to be part of the project. This was an awesome opportunity for my students to create animated films about the First World War.

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Reading a Blue Print for the Manufacture of a Naval Gun by Leslie Cole © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 1440)

Reading a Blue Print for the Manufacture of a Naval Gun by Leslie Cole © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 1440)

As a new curator in the team which look after our superb art collection, I was delighted to be invited to curate the upcoming art exhibition Architecture of War.

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