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The Imperial War Museum, 1935 : Showing the main art gallery under construction. Image © IWM (Art.IWM ART LD 509)

As everyone gears up for our partial reopening of IWM London on 29 July, here is our short guide to museum openings of yesteryear.

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This week we are launching the sixth and final podcast in our series.  Once again our Young Reporters go the behind the scenes  and talk to our local residents and friends of IWM London to see what the local communities think about the major changes taking place as part of Transforming IWM London.

I particularly love this sixth and final podcast because it reminds us how close a community we have and what an important place IWM London is for so many people.  Working for IWM London I often hear people’s stories of their first memories of coming and why they love our family of five museums.

This week’s podcast gives you a chance for you to hear a couple these stories brought to you by our fantastic IWM Young Reporters.  Listen to the last in our six-part series of IWM Young Reporters’ exclusive podcasts below:

Our Young Reporters are from local schools Archbishop Sumner and Oasis Academy Johanna.  In this part of the Young Reporters two year project they made these fantastic podcasts with the support of Lambeth College Radio students.  The Young Reporters project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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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.

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Eindhoven is liberated, 19 September 1944 © IWM (BU938)

Three cheers! At a planning committee meeting last night, London Borough of Southwark approved the planning and listed building consent applications for the first phase of our masterplan to transform IWM London. Following the planning committee’s approval, work on architects Foster + Partners plans is set to begin later this year and be completed in time to commemorate the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014.

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IWM London exterior with naval guns

Hello and welcome!

The First World War was a turning point in world history. Claiming the lives of over 16 million people across the globe most people in the world have a connection to it, either through their own family history, links to their local community or because of its long term impact on the world we live in today.

It was during this time that IWM (Imperial War Museums) was founded as a lasting memorial to all those who played their part in the conflict, be that at home or on the fighting front and we continue in this role today.

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