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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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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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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 HeroesThe Holocaust ExhibitionSecret WarA Family in Wartime and our Explore History Centre will be reopening.

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P51D Mustang being prepared for lowering at IWM London in December 2012

P51D Mustang being prepared by our team of expert conservators for lowering at IWM London.

This past week, the last of our 65 large objects, the P51D Mustang – which has been suspended 15m high in our Large Exhibits Gallery for over 20 years – was lowered by a team of expert conservators before being transported to IWM Duxford to be conserved in our public hangar Conservation in Action.

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