My work with the team creating the new First World War Galleries gained an unexpected additional component when I was asked to write the book of the exhibition.Read More
Last week we released ‘Flight of the Stories‘, a short film commemorating the First World War Centenary and the opening of our new galleries at IWM London. In this film hear from IWM staff and the people inside Aardman who made ‘Flight of the Stories’ and find out the story behind the animated film made for the opening of our new First World War Galleries.Read More
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.Read More
The countdown to our re-opening on 19 July continues with the second in our series of films focusing on the objects you will see in our new galleries.
This week’s object is the Lusitania Camisole. The Lusitania Camisole is one of the many objects featured in our new First World War Galleries. It was worn by Mrs Margaret Gwyer, a survivor of the sinking of RMS Lusitania passenger ship, which was torpedoed by the Germans on 7 May 1915.
Mrs Gwyer fell into the water from a lifeboat and was sucked into one of the sinking ship’s funnels. However, the explosion of one of the ship’s boilers blew her back to the surface, where she was picked up and later reunited with her husband. She kept the oil-stained camisole as a reminder of her ordeal.
The camisole features in our new First World War Galleries, which open 19 July 2014.
In March we completed our work conserving the objects that will feature in the new First World War Galleries and atrium at IWM London as part of our Transforming project. Over the last 18 months, the conservation teams at IWM Duxford and IWM London have conserved and prepared a whopping 1,456 objects.Read More
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.Read More