Three civilians soak up the sunshine as they sleep in the sunshine in the comfort of deck chairs in Hyde Park, London. © IWM (D 15939)
As spring slowly rolls into summer the first brave sunbathers, sports teams and locals enjoying the sunshine emerged last weekend, tucking into ice creams in the park alongside the museum.
Although it’s always a bit galling to be able to see people eating ice creams, playing Frisbee and sunning themselves while we’re stuck in the office it has got us all excited about the new café at IWM London which opens in summer 2014.
Located on the west-side of the building the new café will open out into the park so we’ll be able to sit outside and enjoy a nice hot drink or grab a bite to eat before heading into the museum to explore the new galleries and displays.
IWM London is now temporarily closed until July 2013 as we begin the first phase of our major transformation project.
Di Lees, our Director-General, speaks about our major redevelopment project, Transforming IWM London. Watch the video above to hear about our future plans.
This temporary period of closure is allowing us to safely and securely deliver the most disruptive construction works needed to transform our museum.
We will partially reopen in July 2013. You can look forward to our major new family exhibition Horrible Histories®: Spies, launching in July 2013. We will also have an exciting new programme of art and photography exhibitions in the autumn. The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes, The Holocaust Exhibition, Secret War, A Family in Wartime and our Explore History Centre will be reopening.
Hi, we’re Claudia, Josiah, Zipporah, Ruben and Elana and we’re part of the new IWM youth panel.
We are helping the museum relate to other teenagers. So far we have visited some art archives as well as film archives which have collections from the First and Second World Wars. We also filmed in both locations, giving a brief documentary on our experiences. These can be viewed on our Facebook page.
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: