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Last week IWM London re-opened with our new First World War Galleries and transformed atrium. One of the many iconic objects you can see as you enter the museum is our V2 rocket from the Second World War. Measuring over 14 metres in height, here you can see how we transported it into the building.

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Ever wondered how to install a First World War tank into your front room? In the third of our weekly series of films see how we moved the Mark V Tank into the new First World War Galleries as we count down until our re-opening on 19 July 2014.

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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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The team move the Sopwith Camel aircraft into IWM London

The end of March saw the arrival of two of IWM’s most iconic First World War objects – the Mark V Male tank and Sopwith Camel aircraft.

This installation represented a significant milestone in the Transforming London project – the tank and the aircraft are the last two large objects to be installed in the new First World War galleries ahead of our reopening  in the summer.

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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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December 2013 saw the return of one of our most iconic objects – the V2 rocket. The rocket is now in place in our new atrium.

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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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